I came to London when I was 24, and one of my first employers in London gave me a rather rude awakening to poor management (the classic tyrannical boss!), but a fantastic experience of HR putting the situation right... It inspired me that there are HR people out there that understand good practice in the workplace, and will try to protect you no matter who or what they're up against.
When HR gets it right, it's powerful!
I'm in my late thirties now, and throughout my 12-year HR career, I've had superb experiences with employers, and not so good ones.
....Who am I and what do I stand for?
From bosses who tried to fire me because they thought I was deaf (I wasn't deaf, but that's not the point!) to managers that would scream at me across the floor, from doors being slammed in my face by CEOs, to chairmen groping my leg, from unjust nepotism impacting my compensation, to the typical manager 'bully', from severe stress and anxiety in the workplace and toxic culture, to the manager that doesn't do anything to support my mental health and workload.
The sad thing is that people in the HR profession don't always get it right, and I am aware of all the people out there who are not being supported appropriately when they go to their internal HR for help with their workplace and employment issues.
I want to change that.