Behind the Scenes - Human Resources Department
7/15/2018

GreenStone employees over 525 people throughout the association. Helping each employee with their individual employment and benefit needs, as well as personal and professional development, is the role of the Human Resource Department. Here we highlight two individuals bringing a variety of services to our employees.

 

Rachel Wood

Human Resources Generalist

Years of service: 2

East Lansing, Michigan

 

Describe how your role carries out the GreenStone mission of supporting rural communities and agriculture:

In my role, I support GreenStone’s mission by bringing in and supporting top talent who align to our culture of putting the customer first, delivering quality, getting involved, and doing the right thing. The HR team fully believes in treating employees the best way possible so they in turn can provide our customers with the best service.

 

What do you enjoy most about your role at GreenStone?

I most enjoy the people I work with, both in HR as well as all our employees. As an HR team, we are really passionate about the work experience. We are constantly looking at best practices and ways to innovate employment policies to keep up with the desires of the current workforce.

 

What changes have been incorporated in your role to meet evolving customer needs?

With the current demand for talent, focus has been on staying current with the evolving needs of employees in order to retain our top talent. Having the right people at GreenStone is crucial to exceeding our customer’s needs.

 

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

In my free time, I spend time with my husband and our two children. We enjoy family-friendly activities like visiting a zoo, swimming at a waterpark, or watching a movie!

 

Lindsey Bliss

Learning and Development Specialist

Years of service: 4

East Lansing, Michigan

 

Describe how your role carries out the GreenStone mission of supporting rural communities and agriculture.

As a Learning and Development Specialist, my role is to help onboard new employees and support programs that equip our staff with the tools they need to ensure the success of our customers. For example, we are getting ready to launch a new class of our Financial and Credit Analysis of Farm Businesses program. It is a 19-week program for new staff in credit and sales to get an overview of the highly-specialized business needs of our farm customers.

 

What do you enjoy most about your role at GreenStone?

I love getting to meet the new employees at GreenStone. Part of my job includes conducting new hire orientation and credit and sales onboarding, so getting to know our new staff is an integral part of my day-to-day job.

 

What changes have been incorporated in your role to meet evolving customer needs?

I consider GreenStone staff to be my customers, and as a Learning and Development Team, we are looking to become more agile in the way we deliver training. This means offering more e-learning and on-demand options for our staff, who are working across 36 branches and two states. These e-learning courses reduce classroom time and are accessible to the employee anytime, anywhere, and provide essential background knowledge to help make the time spent in person with an instructor more meaningful.

 

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I really enjoy cooking, reading and knitting. My husband and I also see a new movie almost every Friday night – either out at the cinema or in our home theatre. We could practically write our own movie review column!

 

Pause for Applause... SERVICE ANNIVERSARIES

Help GreenStone congratulate and thank these staff who are celebrating an employment milestone. From five to 40, the years represent the dedication and service all employees provide our members.

 

July:

William Maddix (40)

Andrew Kudwa (15)

Diana Bower (10)

Michael Hagerty (10)

Anne Howard (10)

Brandon Leep (10)

Brent Voss (10)

Jennifer Bemke (5)

Beth Haupt (5)

Robert Hindy (5)

Alexander Van Wert (5)

 

August:

Janet Brugger (10)

Peter Lemmer (10)

Wayne Sevilla (10)

Mackenzie Jandernoa (5)

Heidi Krueger (5)

Stacey Mason (5)

 

September:

Barbara Blahnik (25)

Talli Bode (10)

Dawn Ness (10)

Jane Thelen (10)

 

To read the full Behind the Scenes article, go to https://issuu.com/greenstonefcs/docs/gs_partners_summer_18_web/22



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