Welcome to our recurring column, Meet Our Team, where we spotlight some of the integral members of the Casting Networks team who are dedicated to keeping our platform running smoothly and efficiently for our customers and clients. For our fifth installment, we speak with Sarah Hamilton, VP of People and Culture. Learn what drove Sarah to pursue a career in People and Culture, what she loves most about working at Talent Systems, what she is excited to work on this year and more!
1. What is your role at Talent Systems?
As VP of People and Culture at Talent Systems, my role is to lead all aspects of human resources, keeping culture and people at the forefront. Our goal is to foster an inclusive and highly engaged workforce, and to do that requires listening, understanding and taking an innovative approach to the way we do things. I feel very fortunate to be able to say that my job is to ensure that the company and all of our team members have a rewarding employee experience in many different ways.
2. What is your favorite part of your job?
I enjoy being able to make a positive impact on the employee experience at Talent Systems. It is very rewarding to develop and implement new programs like Professional Development and Wellness, and then to be able to see the positive impact of those efforts in our company culture.
3. What are you most excited about working on this year?
So many things! But I think the initiative that I am most excited about would be our new Core Values initiatives. After our acquisition of Spotlight in the UK, we conducted four brainstorming sessions with different groups globally, and got to dive deep into who we are as a company. What came out of those workshops is a group of really strong core values that depict who we are now, and will be in the future as we grow. I can’t wait to roll out our new values and begin to drive fun engagement activities with the teams.
4. What are some interesting areas you get to focus on at Talent Systems that you didn’t in previous roles?
Crafting a best-in-class Distributed Workforce is definitely an interesting area that the People and Culture team is focused on. One of the best things about working in a global company is the fact that we all get to benefit from our diverse culture and global presence. Our goal is to develop a set of best practices in the way we communicate, the way we stay connected and share information, and master asynchronous work. It is a hot topic for most companies these days and we are leading the charge in terms of taking an innovative approach to how we are doing things at Talent Systems across all work locations.
5. What’s something interesting or unexpected about your role that people would be surprised to know?
People and Culture is such a dynamic function, especially at a company like Talent Systems. It encompasses so many areas that not everyone would expect. We view ourselves as an extension of all departments and I think most people would be surprised to learn how what we do has such a wide range from learning and development, to organizational design, talent acquisition, and more. We have the benefit of getting to work directly with every department and every team member at all levels. One of my favorite aspects of People and Culture is understanding what each position in the company entails so that I can better anticipate our needs.
6. What drove you to pursue a career in partnerships and business development?
The first thing that comes to mind is curiosity. I knew that I wanted to build a career that would help solve complex problems with a human approach. At one point I thought that career would be a Cultural Anthropologist. When I spoke to a career counselor in college and discovered the field of Human Resources, I knew that I had found a career that would be rewarding and challenging. The People and Culture function within an organization is constantly changing as global workforce needs change. With new developments in technology and the way we work, we have to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to anticipating needs and developing an organizational culture and structure that is strong and engaging. HR doesn’t look the same today that it did five years ago, and it will look very different five years from now.
7. Tell us about a mentor or person who inspired you to get to where you are today.
I’ve been lucky to have had several mentors over the years who all taught me different aspects of business and organizational culture management that shaped my path to getting where I am today. One of the most influential is my former CEO who was a powerhouse female businesswoman. She set the bar for what we wanted to achieve very high, offered her full support and guidance, and then allowed me the opportunity to carry out initiatives that shaped the company and teams. This inspirational management style allowed me to understand what my areas of strength are, ask for help when I needed it, and gave me the confidence to develop my leadership skills. I took large strides in my career in the years that I worked with her that prepared me for a leadership role.
We are proud to showcase our diverse, talented and creative employees across the globe. Stay tuned for our next installment to meet more of our team!