Get to know Emily Gent, HR Advisor at Reality HR.
What does your day to day work involve?
As an Advisor here at Reality HR my role is to support our clients on a day to day basis with their people related issues, either by phone, email or in person. I also work closely with a designated group of our Consultants on a daily basis and support them with client work and often on project work.
Every day is different and I love that. One minute I’m supporting a client with an employee relations issue and the next providing advice and guidance to another client on managing an employee’s performance – I often have to think on my feet, ensure that my employment law knowledge is up to date and regularly call upon my prioritisation and organisational skills.
How did you get into the world of HR?
After completing my degree in Psychology I always knew that I wanted a job that focused on people and developing people. It was whilst travelling across New Zealand after university that I discovered the world of HR- I met a lady on my travels who worked as an HR Manager in London, she told me all about her job and what it involved and I knew from talking with her that a career in HR would be the right fit for me.
When I came back from my travels I started my career in HR as an HR Administrator for an accountancy firm based in the Midlands. After relocating from the Midlands to Basingstoke I continued my career in HR, and over the years, I progressed from HR Administrator to HR Advisor and then to HR Business Partner in my previous place of work.
It was then after the birth of my second child that I started working for Reality HR as an HR Advisor. I feel lucky to be given the opportunity to work somewhere that really practices what they preach when it comes to working flexibly. I have a really healthy work-life balance which I think is so important.
What are the most common issues that businesses ask you about?
In my role as an HR Advisor the most common themes that clients ask me about are performance management, absence management and employee relations. A lot of businesses are also looking very closely at their costs at the moment so questions around restructuring are also common.
What do you like best about working at Reality HR?
The team here are fantastic to work with and we all learn from each other. Often when working ‘in-house’ opposed to a consultancy you have just your HR Manager or HR Director to go to for guidance, so it’s great to work with a larger team of HR professionals that you can learn from and be able to tap into their experiences.
I have 2 young children aged 2 and 4, and I was always concerned that my career may have to take a back seat for a little while, however with Reality HR being such an advocate of flexible working this has not been the case at all.
What do you get up to when you are not working?
Probably what most working mums do, run around after my children and try where possible to drink a hot coffee. My husband and I spend a lot of our weekends with the kids at soft play or in the park. However, I am lucky enough that we do also get time to go out with friends for dinner and drinks, and I do try to squeeze in time for the odd spot of retail therapy where I can.