Top Job: Rachel Krys, marketing and communications manager, Employers Forum on Age (EFA)On 8 Apr 2003 in Personnel Today Rachel Krys has joined the Employers Forum on Age as its first evermarketing and communications manager. She will be responsible for developing the group’s communications and itslinks with members, the media and all other stakeholders. She has been appointedto raise awareness of the challenges employers face in preparing for the 2006age legislation, while supporting the organisation’s relationship with itsexisting 160 members. Where were you working before and what were your duties? I was working at Age Concern England as the brand manager responsible forensuring that communications were consistent with the values and mission of thecharity. What do you hope to achieve in your new role? Age diversity in employment is really important as it affects everybody atany age. It’s a new way of looking at equality. The implications of the agediscrimination legislation are monumental and to communicate them effectivelyis a great opportunity and challenge. Which aspects are you most looking forward to? The EFA has a strong reputation for leading the debate on age diversity inthe workforce and promoting best practice. This is a very exciting time to bejoining the organisation as we are helping more and more smart companies gaincompetitive advantage by developing a mixed-age workforce. What is the strangest situation you have been in at work? I once had to produce and deliver 32,000 specially printed Swiss Army Knivesto 18 different countries – all on the same day – for a product launch that hadto be kept secret. The strangest bit was trying to persuade a customs officialin Lithuania that I wasn’t trying to start my own army. They were finallydelivered with 15 minutes to spare. How do you think the role of HR will change over the next five years? I think that HR will become much more strategic and more closely alignedwith marketing. The HR department has a major part to play in the developmentof the corporate brand, as it’s the people in the company who will beresponsible for delivering the brand values and vision. What’s the best thing about HR? When HR is effective it can have an extremely positive affect on business,creating a motivated workforce which really delivers the company’s mission. And the worst? Too often HR is undervalued. This can lead to the HR department using mostof its energy trying to get board level buy-in and not focusing on thestrategic direction of the company. How do you fill your spare time? Mainly relaxing and not doing the DIY I should be doing. What is the greatest risk you have ever taken? Every time I’ve moved job – it’s always paid off though. If you could do any job in the world, what would it be? UN observer, because it sounds glamorous and worthwhile – what more couldyou ask for? Krys’ CV2003 Marketing and communicationsmanager, EFA2000 Brand manager, Age Concern1997 Account manager, Incentive Group1996 Sales administrator, Nynex (Cable & Wireless) Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.