Increasing Your Horizons

Rachel Longo is a senior international mobility specialist at Blue Yonder and talks about how her position right here supporting associates from everywhere in the world has given her new appreciation for the alternatives afforded in the US and embracing one another’s variations and cultures. She shares a time the place ‘staying snug’ in a job pushed her to pivot to a brand new path, and the way empathy is among the most vital qualities with regards to understanding and supporting others.

Inform us slightly about your self.

I’ve labored for Blue Yonder for over 6 years and love my staff and what I do. I’m married with two grown kids and two grand pets. I really like animals particularly canines, nature and touring.

What’s your profession journey been like?

It has been very attention-grabbing with over 25 years in an HR surroundings supporting company immigration. Solely after I got here to Blue Yonder, did I get an opportunity to help workers globally. Previous to that, I used to be supporting solely U.S. immigration efforts.

Once I got here to Blue Yonder, I really wasn’t actively looking for a brand new place however a recruiter reached out and satisfied me that I’d love the hiring supervisor they usually had been proper! She continues to be my supervisor at this time.

What has your expertise been like working globally? How do you handle regional variations – cultures, and so on., in your day-to-day interactions?

In working with recruiting and mobility/immigration, I’m reminded of how fortunate we’re within the U.S. as some folks from different nations can’t wait to get right here. Now we have a superb healthcare system and plenty of alternatives for them and their households.

Everyone seems to be so versatile, too. These in different areas will at all times regulate their schedule to align with my calendar which could be very good but additionally shows their pleasure to immigrate. I benefit from the accents and attempting new meals and mapping locations across the globe I need to go to.

Are you able to level to a crucial second in your profession that actually made a distinction in your path?

I bought too snug with the primary skilled firm I labored at for over 15 years.  We had been acquired, and the brand new firm had exterior counsel help and no want for an inside immigration staff so all 4 of us had been laid off.  I had a tough time discovering full-time work after which determined, I joined a legislation agency the place I labored for 3 years too lengthy to study that my folks abilities and communication had been struggling. That authorized background nevertheless actually helped me with my strengths and weaknesses in addition to appreciating the significance of a superb chief.

What do you would like you knew if you had been beginning out that now?

Being challenged is inevitable – we’re in full management of how we need to dwell our lives. I in all probability would have higher confronted my challenges and utilized myself extra.  

What makes a superb chief?

A great chief lays the inspiration for workers to find their very own greatness. In the event that they don’t know how, they should study it to allow them to information their staff on the trail. A pacesetter’s actions ought to encourage others to excel.

Are you able to share a time the place you acknowledged how vital empathy is concerning others’ views?  

That is one among my favourite quotes by Toby Mac: “Don’t mock a ache that you haven’t endured.”

Empathy is the flexibility to be actually current and maintain a secure area for others whereas understanding the expertise and never judging.

As a buddy, I strive to consider the way it should really feel to not need to specific myself resulting from an anticipated response. It then helps regulate my feelings and compassion for others.

What do you assume are largest obstacles of variety within the office?

Variety can imply so many various issues and is probably not a high precedence or top-of-mind for managers. What seems good on paper could also be a problem to implement. There isn’t a one-size-fits all with regards to variety, addressing gender and age gaps, ethnicity and race.

Why do you DIVE In?

Everybody deserves happiness, regardless of your background, ethnicity, and so on. I consider in letting go as our superpower. We have to step out of our packing containers and get uncomfortable.

How do you keep work/life stability, particularly throughout these pandemic occasions?

I’ve come to understand any alone time – taking time to recharge has been very productive. I like a pleasant stroll, specializing in my breath, studying, taking photos of nature, rock portray.

What e-book(s) are you studying proper now?

I’m presently studying The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. It’s an effective way to discover race, gender and identification. I’ve a number of pals who’re librarians and at all times have good novels to suggest. I actually wouldn’t have picked this e-book for myself but it surely has been an excellent reminder of how typically I present judgement and I must work on this each day to be a greater particular person.

What’s one enjoyable (or stunning) truth about you?

I’ve traveled all world wide and love to go to new locations however I’ve resided in the identical zip code my total life. In actual fact, after I met my husband and discovered he already owned a home in my hometown I used to be slightly unhappy as a result of I at all times regarded ahead to transferring away. Now, at the same time as our kids are grown, I actually don’t know the place else I’d need to dangle my hat, so we’re taking a look at RVs to discover regionally.