Amy Walsh, assistant director of employee benefits, says offering an attractive benefits package is an excellent retention tool.
Q: Amy, you were hired as the assistant director of employee benefits in Human Resources on April 13. What attracted you to the position?
A: Being in a position where I can work directly with people and help them is so important to me. That is what I love about the Human Resources field. I feel that as an HR staff member, the first step is to be an advocate and a true resource for the employees. From a benefits perspective, many folks come to Human Resources confused and needing clarification on specific benefit plans. It’s so important for employees to understand what is covered and how to access various services. I feel privileged to be able to help in this capacity.
Q: Does your office oversee both staff and faculty benefits?
A: Yes, we do oversee benefits for all employees, including staff and faculty. Offering an attractive benefits package is a wonderful retention tool. When an organization offers quality benefits, it shows a commitment to and an investment in its employees.
Q: What are typical questions employees ask about their benefits?
A: The majority of questions are focused mainly on benefit eligibility, claims and understanding specific plan coverage details.
Q: Where is your office located and how to you prefer people contact you?
A: We are at 212 College Street. Anyone should feel free to stop by, call or email.
Q: How do you spend most of your time?
A: My days can be varied. Many folks stop by here in person, I also speak with them on the phone and email. I plan on attending various meetings on campus to meet more of the Wesleyan employees.
Q: How are things going so far?
A: Things are going great. I have been enjoying meeting people and learning more about Wesleyan and what my role will be here.
Q: Where did you attend college and what did you major in?
A: I graduated from Eastern Nazarene College in the Boston and majored in Social Work. I worked in the non-profit world before getting into Human Resources which gave me a wonderful foundation for my career. Being able to work with diverse groups in different capacities was a great life opportunity and taught me so much.
Q: Where do you live, and do you have family?
A: I live in Southington with my husband, Bruce and my son, Grayson. Grayson is 9 months old so I do not have a lot of time for hobbies! I enjoy spending as much time as possible with him and my husband when I am not working. He is such a wonderful addition to our lives.
Q: Anything else you would like to say about working at Wesleyan so far?
A: I am looking forward to meeting more of the Wesleyan faculty and staff. Everyone I have met so far has been so nice and welcoming. I am really excited to be here.