Marcy Young: I started HR Alliance about seven and a half years ago with the intent to help small to medium sized businesses within their HR. So I've been a Christian my entire life, and I would say most of my life I've been a believer. And most recently, within the past probably four years, I've been a follower.
So the business started, like I said, seven and a half years ago. And we always had Biblical principles because I always knew that I was working for the Lord. Everything that I did was working for the Lord. And so I would represent and show up that way, but I never was bold in bringing that into my business, nor was I bold in bringing it into the workplace, especially in HR.
In HR, we get the opportunities every single day to help people, to love on people, to have compassion for people, or we have the opportunity to shut people down, to close people off, to push 'em away, to make it hard on 'em. And certainly we choose the former versus the latter. We want to love on people, we want to lift them, we want to serve them. We want to walk alongside them, help carry some burdens.
People want to come to work in places where they feel like they're loved and cared for, compassionate. They feel like they're a family. They feel like they belong. They feel like they have a sense of a place and a sense of worth. I don't know if it's a movement or exposure or what's going on, but I'm just grateful to see that we have the opportunity to bring our faith into the workplace now.
And no longer do we have to separate the two. The worlds gets to collide, and we've always done that. That's how we as HR Alliance have represented always. But now I get to represent it boldly as this is our faith and this is why we do it. This is why we do what we do, not just, it's a policy, and this is kind of our character concept, but it's character because of Jesus, because of who he is and who he walked and how he walked. And he was the greatest demonstrator of a leader and leadership. And now we get to represent that in all aspects from how we develop policies, how we interact with people, how we show up, how we discipline or terminate or hire or everything that we do with people, now we get to do that through him, through his way and through who he is and what he is and what he represents.
And that's a love. It's just an opportunity. An opportunity to share love and grace and mercy about who he is and what he is. And most people in my experience, they do want to be heard. They want to be seen, they want to be loved. They want to be cared for.
We get to help companies understand how to do that, how to walk through that, what it looks like for them specifically. Then you let God do what he does because we are stewards, we are disciples. We are called to represent him. And the biggest part is that we show up and then get out of the way. Yes, it is absolutely possible to bring your faith into the workplace. Now, it always has been, but now we're learning how. We're learning why, and we're not only learning that piece of it, but we're finding people want it.
And oh my gosh, what an awesome opportunity. People are more lonely these days. They're more depressed, they're more sad. There are statistics everywhere that show those things, and we get the opportunity to help them understand how that doesn't have to happen any longer. It's more than just speaking and saying it. It's a demonstration. And people are, they're clinging to that. They're wanting Bible studies, they're wanting chaplain services, they're wanting HR to speak to them in that manner. They're wanting, if they do have some type of issue, problem, corrective action, whatever, they're wanting some grace for that. They're wanting to be coached and led through those processes versus the harshness that we have of terms that we've used in the past. And they see that the practices and the approaches and the ways we go about doing things are helpful and that it's servant leadership and it works. The most important part is that it works.
I'm so excited to see what God's going to do in this movement of loving on one another, one at a time. And I think that's the focus. It is, it truly is one at a time, one person at a time, one company at a time, one opportunity at a time.
So it's not industry specific, it's not size specific, it's heart specific, and we all have one.
“Don’t withhold good from someone who deserves it when it is in your power to do so.”
“Instead of each person watching out for their own good, watch out for what is better for others.”