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Brenda Harris | Photographed by MANICPROJECT

Brenda Harris | HR Achievement Awards 2024

Brenda Harris | Photographed by MANICPROJECT
Brenda Harris | Photographed by MANICPROJECT

Director, Human Resources | TURN Community Services

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What is a moment from your career that had a particular impact on you?

COVID-19 had a significant impact on my career. Working in a nontraditional “health care” type setting made it a challenge to meet government regulations and the needs of the people we serve. I learned how to navigate information and expectations from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Utah Department of Health & Human Services and local health departments, along with people’s concerns regarding working and possibly being exposed to the virus. Considering the work we provide, I’m proud that we could keep our numbers low. I’m also proud that our agency reviewed expectations regarding employees coming to work sick. We want to support our employees in being as healthy as possible. 

How does the company of the future take care of its employees?

The company of the future takes care of its employees by ensuring a holistic approach to employee well-being is occurring and maintained financially, physically and mentally. Care for employees and actively listen to them.

Savannah Beth Withers Taylor is the assistant editor of Utah Business and a graduate of the editing and publishing program at Brigham Young University. Beth has written content about travel, academics, and mental health for Stowaway magazine, BYU College of Humanities and United Way. She enjoys traveling, reading, eating, and mercilessly defeating loved ones in anything competitive.