With a constantly curious mind, I'm always looking to learn something new by adding a new skill or way of thinking to my toolkit. Naturally, I enjoy hearing about people's unique stories, like what continues to motivate them each day and why they love the work they do.
Most recently, I had the opportunity to chat with Jenifer Frial, an Employee Engagement Consultant here at Reward Gateway, to gain some more insight into her world and how she strives to make the world a better place to work each day.
If you had to choose one superpower, what would it be?
I’d definitely choose Omnilingualism, I would love to be the only person in the room who understands all languages.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you bring with you?
My items are definitely more on the practical side of things:
Sunscreen – I burn easily.
Cleaning wipes – they're multi-purpose and it'd help me feel clean.
Describe the best trip you’ve ever taken?
The best trip I’ve ever taken was with my immediate family when we went to Scotland. We got to see the castles and there was beautiful green scenery surrounding us everywhere we went. The best part? I got to spend a ton of quality time with my family before my eldest daughter left for college.
What is your personal mantra?
Take the path of most resistance. Choosing the path that challenges you as an individual ensures you are a continuous learner.
My personal mantra also led me to my role at Reward Gateway.
What has been your career highlight so far?
What comes to mind when I think of a career highlight was when a previous client of mine took me to dinner and saw me as a trusted advisor and and friend.We’re actually still in touch to this day and I recently introduced her to the Reward Gateway solution.
Can you describe how you came to be involved in the world of employee engagement?
My degree is in communications and women’s studies, but I’ve always had a deep interest in HR. I'm fascinated by the way organizations are structured, and the connections between people and employee engagement. It was a natural fit for me to join Reward Gateway.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing HR today?
One big challenge is when an organization's leadership team, or key stakeholders, talk about how important the company mission, purpose and values are, but they don't execute it properly or act on it.
I believe that talk only goes so far and now we’re in the age of the employee, where strategic recognition, effective communications and employee engagement are key to success.Further, businesses need to adapt and move with the latest trends if they want their organization to stand out as a top place to work.
Meghan Barrett is the Content Marketing Editor at Reward Gateway. Outside of writing about employee engagement, she spends her time capturing sunsets with her camera, making a mess in the kitchen and relaxing in local cafes while eating chocolate croissants.
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