Some of the best innovations come from the partnering of companies. We at Bauman Consulting Group are happy to announce that we have had the recent opportunity to create a strategic partnership with Bridge HR Now. Bridge HR Now is a female-owned business located in the Greater Cincinnati Area. In order to introduce Bridge HR Now to you, we’d like to share an interview that was conducted with the President of Bridge HR Now, Cynthia Strope. Enjoy learning about our new partner!
Ashley: Hello Cynthia! I’m eager to share with others what your company is all about. Tell us about Bridge HR Now!
Cynthia: Bridge HR Now is a human resource consulting firm that specializes in bridging your business with flexible HR solutions. We tailor our approach to your needs and ensure you are compliant, protected, and on the road to having a culture that attracts and retains talent!
Ashley: What made you decide to take the leap to start your own company?
Cynthia: I missed the one-on-one time with leaders and helping them with the strategic direction of their businesses. I also saw a huge need out there for companies that needed to ensure compliance but don't need to hire a full-time person to handle human resources.
Ashley: Why is it important for a company to have an HR consultant?
Cynthia: Having a knowledgeable and strategic HR consultant is critical to running a successful business. By hiring a consultant, you can ensure you are compliant, protected and have the police and programs in place to attract and retain talent without having to put the burden of that work on your shoulders! A good consultant will be a partner that understands and is intimately aware of your company’s culture and business needs. He or she should be flexible in their recommendations, always trying to marry compliance to your business.
Ashley: What is the best advice that you’ve been given by a colleague or mentor?
Cynthia: Put the business mindset first, then find solutions that are compliant with laws and regulations.
Ashley: What do you see as the biggest challenges that women face in the workplace today?
Cynthia: As a woman in the business environment, I think sometimes the biggest struggle I personally have faced is having the confidence to speak up and voice my thoughts and opinions. When I find myself struggling with feeling like I have to apologize for a thought or opinion, I try to remember the words of my best boss, “I hired you for your mind.” That boss challenged me in ways that I never would have challenged myself and I am forever grateful for his belief in me and my abilities.
Ashley: In what ways can companies support their women employees to help them with these difficulties?
Cynthia: Give them room to feel free to share their thoughts and opinions. Allow any employee the opportunity to take a change or a leap of faith. Understand that mistakes bring learning.
Ashley: Running a business can be exhausting. How do you keep yourself focused and replenished?
Cynthia: Spending time with my family is a huge part of how I stay motivated. Going for a long bike ride with my husband or spending time just hanging with my kids is critical. It is important to try and find some time to step away from work and decompress.
Thank you Cynthia. I, and the other members of Bauman Consulting Group, are looking forward to many years in partnership with you and HR Bridge Now.