New to HR? Templates, tools and development to make you a seasoned pro in no time.
Shawn Premer shows how doing the right thing for employees leads to positive business results.
Is your employee handbook keeping up with the changing world of work? With SHRM's Employee Handbook Builder get peace of mind that your handbook is up-to-date.
Build competencies, establish credibility and advance your career—while earning PDCs—at SHRM Seminars in 12 cities across the U.S. this spring.
#SHRM18 will expand your perspective – on your organization, on your career, and on the way you approach HR. Join us in Chicago June 17-20, 2018
Meet the Millennials who are leading HR into the future.
Members may download one copy of our sample forms and templates for your personal use within your organization. Please note that all such forms and policies should be reviewed by your legal counsel for compliance with applicable law, and should be modified to suit your organization’s culture, industry, and practices. Neither members nor non-members may reproduce such samples in any other way (e.g., to republish in a book or use for a commercial purpose) without SHRM’s permission. To request permission for specific items, click on the “reuse permissions” button on the page where you find the item.
Rena Suhwail knew she wanted to study business in college, but she wasn’t sure which area to focus on. Noticing her knack for people, one of her sorority sisters suggested HR. “At the time, I was working at a restaurant as a trainer, and as I started to take the courses, I thought ‘Oh my goodness, this is where I belong! This is the right path for me!’ ”
Her enthusiasm and determination are evident in her accomplishments at Asurint, a background screening company with nearly 200 employees. Suhwail, 25, began there as an HR intern in 2012 and was quickly promoted to HR representative and then HR generalist.
Within her first year, she suggested that the company move to a new model for time off to provide flexibility and build trust. “I noticed that bigger-name, innovative organizations had unlimited time off. I loved that idea and kept pushing for it,” she says.
She got the go-ahead to convene a cross-departmental task force to assess the issue and gain buy-in. And in January 2016, she rolled out Asurint’s new “open time off” policy, which lets people take off as much time as they need, for planned and unplanned reasons, as long as they meet performance expectations. So far, employees’ time off is tracking similarly to how it has in the past. The difference? “People don’t stress about it as much,” Suhwail says.
Biggest challenge of moving to open time off
“The pain point was with more-seasoned employees because these individuals had never had this kind of setup. They had to adjust to the reality that someone who had been there for seven years would have the same opportunity as someone who walked on the job today.”
“My immediate goal is to get certified—to get my brain back into the groove of studying. Then I want to be a manager and a director and one day to retire from the corporate world and become a professor who teaches innovative HR practices.”
“I love talking to employees and helping them. When people are grateful and happy, I’m happy. I went to school for this, I’m doing this, and I’m truly happy.”
Back to full 30 under 30 list.
You have successfully saved this page as a bookmark.
Please confirm that you want to proceed with deleting bookmark.
You have successfully removed bookmark.
Please log in as a SHRM member before saving bookmarks.
Please sign in as a SHRM member before saving bookmarks.
Please purchase a SHRM membership before saving bookmarks.
An error has occurred
Recommended for you
Talent Attraction Study: What Matters to the Modern Candidate
Join SHRM's exclusive peer-to-peer social network
SHRM’s HR Vendor Directory contains over 3,200 companies