Nikki Badje wanted to transform the human resources (HR) department from one viewed as solely responsible for hiring and firing into a department that focuses on employee engagement and development.
It was a goal Badje set out to achieve when she became vice president of HR at $1.2 billion asset TruWest Credit Union in Tempe, Ariz., four years ago, and has seen come to fruition.
“I’ve done a lot to try to change the perception of HR,” says Badje, who was named 2020 Professional of the Year by the CUNA HR & Organizational Development Council. “It was nice to be recognized for everything my team and I have been working on.”
It’s now normal for HR representatives to interact with staff and talk about weekend plans or how things are going, Badje says.
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