Up close and personal with Redmart’s Chief of People
Who is Stephanie Nash, and how would you describe her?
I’m someone who cares a lot, and cares deeply about whatever it is I’m doing, and who I’m working with. Sometimes this can come across as intense, but it’s really coming from a genuine place of caring.
What do you do in your role as the Chief People Officer of Redmart?
I listen a lot; I ask a lot of questions; and I try to solve problems.
Complete this sentence. HR is…
Not just an enabler of the business, but is a people business.
What’s the best part of your job?
Seeing other people become better leaders and better professionals.
What’s the worst part?
Telling people they’ve lost their jobs.
Do you have to do this often?
I’ve had to do it more often than I would have ever liked to.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
I’ve been very fortunate in my career so far, but the highlight has been around building high-performing teams.
How long have you been in HR, and why do you love it so much?
I’ve been in HR for 25 years, and I love it because it’s really dynamic, and no two days are ever the same.
What’s the secret to your longevity?
“Being curious, stretching yourself, and taking risks. For me that’s come from changing geographies, roles, industries and types of markets, even though I’ve been in the same function the whole time”
What would you be doing if you were not in HR?
I would be a professional travel planner. I like doing the research, understanding what people enjoy doing, and creating experiences that they want to have.
The first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
I review in my head what I need to do for the day, and then I send an email to myself.
And how do you unwind after work?
I focus my attention now with the American Association of Singapore, where I’m the President. It takes a lot of time, but it works for now.
What are your other passions in life?
Travelling; being on, in, or near the water: snorkelling, scuba-diving; and also golf.
Are you a good golfer?
No, but I just like it.