JANESSA JOHNSTON

JANESSA JOHNSTON

HR generalist
Farmers Edge

By all measures, Janessa Johnston has had an exceptional year. She says her proudest achievement in 2016 has been her involvement in building the HR function for Farmers Edge, not just locally but internationally. Johnston has played a critical role in hiring over 200 employees, while concurrently building programs and policies, and supporting employees and managers on global growth strategies. The recruitment initiatives were carefully integrated into the organization’s operational strategies. Johnston worked closely with various departments to learn what their long-term goals were, and how they planned for the long-term success of the company. She then developed a clear plan for the recruitment, selection and retention of staff. Looking ahead, Johnston’s biggest challenge will be aligning the business’ goals with HR planning, all while ensuring compliance with international labour legislation. Her advice to HR newcomers? “Find a mentor and ask lots of questions – getting exposure to real life situations is crucial in finding your footing.” 

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