How do you setup your 401k to get the optimal return? Which insurance plan is best for your family of four? What is the best stretch to relieve a pain in your quadriceps or even what key was Beethoven’s 5th Symphony originally written in? You would probably have to ask several different professionals to find the answers to these questions, but if you are lucky enough to work at Rotary Lift, you have Allison Hall. Allison is our Compensation and Benefits Coordinator and one of the smiling faces you meet on your first day at Rotary. So from power lifting to payroll questions, she can do it all. Let’s take a few minutes to get to know Allison, our resident Renaissance Woman.
Q: How long have you been with Rotary Lift?
Allison: I started with Rotary in April of 2014. Previously, I was HR Director at the Madison State Hospital and it was a really hard decision for me to leave. They were very good to me, but I needed a new challenge. I have really grown and learned a lot in my new role here at Rotary.
Q: What do you enjoy about your job?
Allison: I have enjoyed the challenge of learning a completely new job in a completely new environment. The corporate setting is very different than state government. I am challenged every day with different situations, and that keeps me interested. In HR, I have the ability to help people in very tangible ways, which is rewarding. I’m the nerd that really likes to talk about health insurance and 401(k) plans, so that’s helpful.
Q: What is your work background in?
Allison: My title here is Compensation & Benefits Coordinator. I process payroll and manage the employee benefit programs. I’ve worked in HR for about 7 years now, but my Bachelor’s degree is actually in Music. Out of college, I managed a performing arts center in the Washington, D.C. area which led me into the field of HR. This year I obtained my Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification, and I’m pursuing my MBA through Indiana Wesleyan starting in January.
Q:What is one thing about working in where you do that people may not know?
Allison: It is not easy to make decisions on behalf of all employees, because we all have such a wide variety of perspectives and priorities. However, a lot of thought goes into every decision HR makes, and we do our best to make decisions that are in everyone’s best interest.
Q: What is one of the biggest challenges to your job?
Allison: Keeping up with the ever-changing regulations that govern HR. And trying to keep everyone happy.
Q: During your work career or personal life what are you most proud of?
Allison: Professionally, I’m proud of the relationships I have formed with people and the mutual respect that is exchanged. Personally, I’m proud of my family for our commitment to health and faith.
Q: What is one fun fact about you that people may not know?
Allison: I’m going to Haiti in January 2016 on a mission trip! I’m really excited, but also nervous. Please send your prayers and thoughts my way!
Q: What do you enjoy doing in your time away from work?
Allison: My husband, James and I are both coaches at MadCity CrossFit, which is located here in Madison. We have a great gym community there, where we stay very active and involved. I have my CrossFit Level 1 and Mobility certifications, and I love teaching people how to move well and find strength they didn’t know they had! Feel free to stop by and chat with me anytime! Also, I play the piano for my church and do piano/vocal coaching for a local high school choir. Even though it isn’t my full-time profession, I try to use my music degree as I can, and am available to play for events (weddings, parties, services, etc.) if you are ever looking for someone.
Q: Are you a music person or a sports person?
Allison: Go Hoosiers!, but given the option to spend the rest of my life without either sports or music, I’d have to do without sports. Music is kind of ingrained in me. I don’t have a favorite musician, too many talented people in the world to have a favorite.
Q: If you purchased one Rotary Lift product what would it be? Why?
Allison: In my profession I have seen a great deal of back injuries, both here at Rotary and in the gym. It is something I am constantly thinking about and trying to help people avoid, so for me Rotary's Wheel Wings are a no brainer. They help technicians do their job faster and safer. Remember: Save a Back, Buy a Wheel Wing!