Claire has spent more than 20 years in the HR field working in global environments, accompanying businesses in their development and transformation.
Working across teams and cultural boundaries, she became passionate about helping teams and leaders navigate through changes and make sustainable decisions for themselves and their teams, balancing the short-term and long-term impacts in organisations.
She moved to Singapore for a professional opportunity 9 years ago. Back in 2016, she added a coaching hat to her HR experience, got trained and certified with the idea that sometimes what employees and leaders are missing is to reconnect with what is really important for them, what makes them successful, or on the contrary slows them down.
In 2021, she launched her own business, combining her HR and professional coaching expertises to accompany individuals and organisations in their journey, with a focus on enabling sustainable People practices.
Early 2021, I decided to build my own senior HR consultant / coaching practice, to get the best of both worlds and work with people with very different backgrounds, from different companies.
I wanted to work with organisations that have sustainability in mind, think long term and question themselves about the impact they have. There are many ways to look at adopting a sustainable mindset, which is basically to make decisions that have a positive impact in the long run, for people, ecosystems and communities. And that’s how I use my skills in coaching and HR fields to help organisations and individuals develop in a harmonious and responsible way, mindful of their holistic footprint.
With Covid, organisations and individuals have really started to be more aware of the importance of these aspects.
The good thing probably with Covid, is that it has pushed companies to rethink their HR practices. It has changed the way organisations look at their people, how to (re)engage them, and how to support their leaders in doing so.
These changes and adaptations span across all the steps of the employee life: from the recruitment process, onboarding, developing good (and useful) benefits, ensuring employees can grow and develop their career, to having a proper exit process.
On top of these, a strong focus on well-being, resilience, flexible working practices but also health and safety developed over the past 2 years. It has definitely accelerated a trend that otherwise would have taken way longer. It also means it has put a lot of pressure on the HR professionals and leaders to be innovative, find solutions, pivot extremely quickly as situations were volatile, while continuing to deliver on their other missions… not an easy job for sure!
First of all, I would mention the culture and the values that your company stands for. Where do these come from, how do you embody them ? How do you help your employees to connect with them ? It all starts with the culture and values you promote, and then you adapt it to the different HR workstreams (Hiring, Talent development, Benefits, etc…).
An employee who is committed is an employee that understands what they are doing, why it matters and how they can contribute to these values. It is critical to ensure a sense of belonging, trust and ultimately pride in the company the employees work for.
I would take the analogy of “greenwashing”, if you are not serious about your culture and values, your employees (and larger ecosystem) will feel like what their company is doing is not very right, that it is not a true commitment, and they would lose trust.
For example, you can’t say, on one hand, I care about my people and customers and on the other hand, imposing, for example, some very restrictive policies for WFH conditions, or not supporting maternity/parental leaves, medical bills for mental health, just to name a few … There is a disconnect that can harm your brand deeply.
If you really want to engage in a sustainable approach (whatever is your field of activity), it has to come from the inner culture and from the top. “Walk the talk” and take a holistic approach. Experiment, be genuine, don’t over promise but be consistent. Ask for feedback and you will grow as an employer of choice.
First of all, as mental health can be viewed as a stigma, make sure that treatments, specialists consultations, etc… are covered by your HR policies, as not including it can prevent employees or their dependants from getting treated.
Secondly, you can use some external support such as programs called EAP. The “Employee Assistance Program”, provides external counselling and support on a variety of topics : financial wellbeing, health wellbeing, conflict management, family issues, critical incident responses for trauma or crises, to name a few. As they are provided by external counterparts, they guarantee full confidentiality on discussions as well as an access to professional counsellors.
Thirdly, depending on the situation, some coaching (for teams of individuals) can help to overcome a difficult situation such as high stress, risk of burn-out, fatigue, change management, etc.... Coaching will help to get to the root cause of the challenges and enable your teams and employees to find solutions, feel empowered in regaining control over a difficult context.
Fourthly, actively communicate through the company (through corporate communication and/or leaders) that “it is ok not to be ok”, we all have moments in our lives where things are difficult. This open communication helps to remove some of the constant pressure employees might feel. Engage your leaders in walking the talk and show good behaviours in that regard, as this will permeate in the organisation and have a lasting positive impact.
Last but not least, some topics can be put aside, not just mental health, but the ones related to minorities, would it be cultural, sexual, religious, gender, any stigma where people would feel that they may not be “mainstream” or not fully accepted,. This is where you want your organisation to show its support and inclusion, to ensure all employees feel equally valued, contributing their best.
To put it simply, HR is everybody’s role. There is no such thing as a company without its people so HR is business. Policies are just the output, to ensure everyone is treated the same way.
My kids definitely, as I believe they will become good adults ;p
Having been able to switch from a big organisation, to taking the leap of faith to start my own business, because that is what I wanted to do… and being successful and happy in doing it.
People can reach out to me for HR/ People projects that they would like to embark on, any change they would like to engage in their organisation and are not sure of how it would work, I will be happy to share my experience, advice and coaching as I have faced a fair deal of HR challenges in various organisations.
Claire kindly accepts to answer your questions.
If you need additional insights, you can send her a message.
Sustainable HR Practices > People Strategy, Culture & Values
Sustainable HR Practices > Recruiting & Onboarding
Sustainable HR Practices > Employee Development & Training
Sustainable HR Practices > Compensation, Benefits & Recognition
Sustainable HR Practices > Employees Health, Safety & Wellbeing
Sustainable HR Practices > Operations