With a warm heart, we welcome back Linda Weiss, our former colleague who re-joined Pragmatics as Director of Human Resources. As a business coach and Human Resources leader with extensive cross-functional leadership experience, Linda builds and delivers successful services and programs at all organizational levels.
Linda, tell us about your business background and what connected you to Pragmatics?
I have had the privilege of serving as a Human Resources and recruiting leader for over 30 years at two large public companies, Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems. After taking a break to take care of my father, I sought an opportunity to serve in a similar capacity at a smaller company where I could apply my knowledge. In a smaller company, one can see their efforts so much faster than in a big company. When Kimmy Duong interviewed me for the position at Pragmatics, I felt that I found my new home.
What are your considerations about Pragmatics and our people? What makes Pragmatics an exceptional place to work?
Pragmatics strives for excellence in its deliveries to its customers. Generally, I find that the Pragmatics’ employees go the extra mile to support one another and to provide value every day. It is the collaborative work environment that makes a difference for me.
As the Human Resource Director, how do you see the departments' engagement in the company's culture?
I see the HR department’s engagement as a need to look for opportunities to connect more and more Pragmatics’ employees for continuous enhancements of the collaborative work environment [...]
I see the HR department’s engagement as a need to look for opportunities to connect more and more Pragmatics’ employees to continuously enhance the collaborative work environment and communication. I enjoy getting ideas from employees and since my return to Pragmatics, I have received several notes from employees. Please keep them coming as you are making a difference.
What do you recommend to people-oriented professionals who would like to follow an HR career path?
An HR career path requires knowledge of employment laws and a compliance-oriented mindset. The HR mindset requires one to apply policies and procedures as consistently as practicable to avoid the appearance of discrimination and/or favoritism, regardless of the relationship between the HR professional and the particular employee.
Outside of work, how do you characterize yourself?
I am a passionate health care advocate and spend much time with family members. I enjoy cooking (I worked as a restaurant chef in a small restaurant in my teenage years) and entertaining my family. I love to travel to learn about other cultures.