HUMAN & WORKPLACE SYNERGIST, BEING MORE HUMAN
Krystal Rees started her profession in HR 10 years ago, working in generalist roles and developing a passion for workplace culture and leadership development. Last year she decided to branch out into HR Consulting to work at Being More Human so that she could apply her knowledge to a variety of businesses and help them grow.
Krystal is also a qualified PT and fitness Coach at Pinpoint Athlete.
In her free time, Krystal enjoys running along the beach, working out at the gym or at yoga, or chilling out with a good book.
How do you manage your work/life balance?
By making time for the things I love, but also making sure I love my work – so it doesn’t really feel like work. Over the past few years I have managed to make the mind-shift to understand that you truly can do what you love as ‘work’, and have created my ideal ‘working’ life. I now split my time between my HR Consulting role with Being More Human, and also as a coach at Pinpoint Athlete.
There doesn’t have to be a clear line drawn anymore. But I do make sure I take the time to do other things and switch of from ‘work’ stuff to maintain that balance and avoid burnout.
What is one thing you couldn’t live without?
I’m far too indecisive to pick just one thing!
Where do you see your industry heading and how have you positioned yourself to benefit from these changes?
The world of ‘HR’ is coming to truly focus on individuals and people as the cornerstone to success, so businesses are creating strategy with their people at the forefront – up there in importance with product and profit. Instead of seeing people as a means to an end, or taking a reactive approach and solving people problems, the value of HR is now recognised and harnessed in a proactive and strategic way.
At Being More Human we are passionate about humans and harnessing their potential to drive organisational success. If you focus on that first and align your people with the company values, the rest will follow.
What motivates and drives you?
I have always been very self-motivated, so I use that energy to encourage others – I love seeing people become better versions of themselves. Regardless of the context – work, leadership, health and fitness – it is the best feeling when you can help someone achieve or realise something. It’s so energising and my biggest motivator to keep going and keep learning. Never underestimate the power of the human brain to change, improve and make and break habits!
What characteristics do you think an individual needs to be successful in your profession (or in general)?
To be a successful HR professional you need to enjoy building relationships with many and varied individuals. You must be level headed, empathetic, very adaptable and able to provide solutions based on circumstance – there are no two situations that will ever be the same! The same applies to fitness coaching too I guess!
What local professionals have had a significant influence on your career and what have you learnt from them?
Michelle Crawford – Chief Conversationalist at Being More Human. I had attended a few of her HR workshops over the years as I loved the type of work she was doing, mostly around leadership. Luckily the stars aligned and I was able to start working with her last year!
Michelle started Being More Human only a couple of years ago and has created such a strong brand by providing solutions for businesses who are truly passionate about and value their people. I believe the reason the business has been so successful is that it is based on what Michelle and our other consultants are truly passionate about – and that our clients feel the same and are drawn to that.
Do you have a life motto/mantra that keeps you going?
“Challenge is where the growth is.”
This means simply that in order to become better humans – emotionally, mentally, physically – we must challenge ourselves and get comfortable with being uncomfortable. No personal growth or success ever came from taking no action or giving in to doubt!