I discovered the corporate side of HR through an internship at a personnel agency and my first job out of college was as an HR Assistant in the staffing department of a publishing company. Since then, I spent most of my career as an HR Business Partner working in several industries, where I was able to interact with and get to know different people every day.
My passion for people led to my current role as Vice President of Human Resources at Datacolor. Intrigued by the global nature of the company, which has facilities and representatives in over 100 countries, I joined Datacolor in 2015. I was drawn to the opportunity to talk to and collaborate with the global Datacolor team.
As the leader of the Datacolor HR team, I am responsible for creating and executing the strategic plan for the function along with my amazing HR colleagues. My specialties include talent development, performance management and employee relations, but my favorite part of the job is the people. I truly enjoy interacting with the employees at Datacolor and working with them to achieve their goals. Helping people grow and develop in their careers is the most rewarding part of the job!
These days, one of the most important things to me is employee retention. With low unemployment rates across the country and especially in central New Jersey where Datacolor’s headquarters is located, this can be challenging. I believe the best way to combat turnover is to get to know people, learn what motivates them, and take action to help them get to where they want to be personally and professionally.
Over my almost four years here, I learned the people at Datacolor are truly passionate about what they do, which is one of the reasons Datacolor is a leading company in the industry. Not only do they make us who we are today, but our people are our competitive advantage. They make us a big fish in a little pond.
Having been in HR for my entire career, if I may, I would like to offer a piece of advice, applicable to those in the color industry and beyond. I recommend staying patient in the role you are currently in, and believe it is smart to take advantage of every opportunity you are given in that position before moving on to another role. I have seen success in employees where at times career development comes laterally – it’s not always a ladder.
Lastly, working for a color company I will share….I love all colors but my favorite is red. Coming from India, I always had a lot of red in my house growing up, and of course, it doesn’t hurt that it’s Datacolor’s signature shade.