Kate McEnaney is the director of human resources at CyberCore Technologies and a Pinnacle Awards finalist in the HR Executive of the Year category. Here, she shares key achievements she had in 2018, the leadership traits that help her advance HR missions within CyberCore, advice for aspiring leaders looking to follow in her footsteps and more.
What key achievements did you have in 2018?
One of the biggest and most impactful achievements I’ve had in the past year with CyberCore is our Wheel of Well-Being campaign. We go beyond wellness, and have integrated initiatives and programs focused on the areas of financial, occupational, social, emotional, physical and intellectual well-being.
In addition to providing a comprehensive and affordable health package for our employees, we also focus on programs and benefits which support our employee’s goals, both personal and professional.
We understand it’s not just about compensation, PTO or health benefits; it’s about everything. By taking a holistic approach to well-being, we’re able to provide our employees the tools they need to be successful, engaged and committed.
What leadership traits helped you advance HR missions within your company?
Communication, transparency and a commitment to CyberCore and its employees have been key to my success. I truly enjoy people and am a firm believer that no problem can be solved alone. Being able to identify how people communicate and what drives them is key to working successfully with others, problem solving and driving business results.
What has made you successful in your current role?
Relationships, collaboration and continuing education have made me successful in my current role. Our executive team has always challenged employees to think outside the box and continue to drive change through innovation and efficiency. Change is a necessary challenge, and I am fortunate to be surrounded by forward thinking leaders who care about our employees and their families.
I also cannot stress enough how important vendor partnerships are. Having strong and supportive vendors is key for growth. Our vendors are smart, strategic and genuinely want the best for our company and our employees. I trust their judgement and look to them for advice and guidance.
Lastly, it’s important to never stop learning. I take a proactive approach to education and am always looking outside the company for industry trends and solutions, both for my own personal growth and for CyberCore.
What are you most proud of having been a part of in your current organization?
Growth. Fifteen years ago, I joined CyberCore Technologies as a junior HR professional. In 2004, CyberCore was in its fourth year of business and a third of the size it is today. I am incredibly proud of the person I have grown to be today, what I have learned and accomplished as an HR professional, and proud of the company I have helped to build.
I am also equally thankful for the many opportunities I have been given, and the support I have received over the years from my family, friends and colleagues.
What’s your best advice for aspiring leaders who want to follow in your footsteps?
My best advice for future leaders is to embrace and encourage change. Challenge yourself and others to focus on what could be, rather than what has been. By embracing change, you will establish yourself as an innovator within your organization, which is key to becoming a strong leader and strategic partner.