Our Summer Spotlight series shines a light on the uniqueness of our Dawood team members. Diversity is key, as we all look to excel in a world of possibilities. Today, we speak with Erin Sheibley, HR Coordinator
- What was the moment in life when you realized you wanted a career as a Human Resources (HR) Professional?
I’ve always been drawn to helping and supporting people. As an HR Professional, I’m afforded the opportunity to change lives, whether it be hiring someone, providing insurance and benefits, or simply exchanging a friendly hello to co-workers. My door is always open for conversation and support.
- How has your previous work experience prepared you for your position here at Dawood?
I feel that administering and managing the US Family and Medical Leave of 1993 (FMLA) and leave of absence for so many years provided me with great “people” experience. When FMLA is on the table, employees are experiencing either the happiest or most challenging time of their lives. During this emotionally charged period, I had the opportunity to serve as their support person and provide a good listening ear. In that role, I grew to be a more empathetic and understanding individual.
- Why did you choose Dawood?
I came from the healthcare sector, and was looking to make a change in a different industry. I have family members that work in the engineering field, and they really enjoyed it, so I wanted to try it out. When I saw an opening at Dawood, it sounded too good to be true, so I went for it! The people who interviewed me were super kind.
- Nearly three months in, how would you describe your experience?
I enjoy helping to bolster employee engagement as we continue our hiring spree. In particular, I want to get entry-level college graduates more involved and see them advance through their careers. In addition to morale-boosting events, I want to create relationships outside of work. From a recruiting perspective, our team focuses on nurturing a strong candidate experience that extends from the time we’re hiring somebody to getting them in the door and beyond.
- How do you spend your time when you’re “off-the-clock”?
My spouse and I recently planted 25 Niagara grape vines and started a fruit tree orchard. I enjoy vegetable gardening and going for walks around our property with our daughter. Getting fresh air is so important for your physical and mental health. I also enjoy camping and adventures with my daughter. In February 2020, we traveled to Ontario, Canada, with our truck camper and ice fished at White Lake.
- Your dream vacation would be?
Exploring Alaska! It would be cool to kayak near glaciers, fish, see the Northern Lights, enjoy the mountain scenery, and explore a whole new territory. I feel like Alaska is untouched, and don’t know where else you could go kayaking and see glaciers at the same time.
- What are your short-term goals?
My husband and I are building a house, so I’d like to finalize house plans by the end of the year. I’d also like to build a greenhouse and extend the life of some of my plants, such as spinach and kale, when gardening. Third, I plan to achieve my HR certificate through the Society for Human Resource Management—both a personal and professional goal in 2022.