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Jo Gazzola Launches The HR Dept Essendon

She’s gathered up more than 20 years of corporate human resources experience and now Jo Gazzola is reaching out to offer her expertise to small and medium sized businesses in the North West suburbs of Melbourne.

It’s a lifetime’s ambition for Jo to launch her new business. Free from the toll of corporate life, she is now reinvigorated and looking forward to the challenge of setting up on her own.

And she’s excited about the potential for the company, as The HR Dept – a successful franchise brand of independent HR businesses – launches throughout Melbourne.

The HR Dept Essendon will provide outsourced HR advice and support to companies in a territory also covering Moonee Ponds, Tullamarine, Melbourne Airport, Sunbury & Diggers Rest and the surrounding suburbs.

“I’m really excited about the opportunity to work for myself,” she said. “It’s a lifelong dream to have my own business and there’s a vibrant business community in Essendon and the surrounding area which can really benefit from the support I can offer.

“There are a number of human resources issues impacting modern businesses. The HR Dept can make a real difference in each of these areas, providing education through customer relationships and network meetings.”

Jo’s professional background includes time spent with major corporations including car manufacturer Toyota and specialty biotherapeutics company CSL.

However, after more than 20 years of corporate life she said she was ready for a change. “I have always loved working in HR and enjoyed the people interaction of the role,” she said. “However, it is very hard to sustain the long hours of corporate life year in and year out. Constant organisational changes took their toll and business values just didn’t align with mine.”

“I felt I needed to make changes to my life. I was tired from over 20 years of working in corporate environments years and wanted to make changes so I could add value, and feel valued.

“I looked at starting my own HR consultancy 12 months ago but the list of things to do was never ending – from policies and position descriptions all the way through to mapping process. It was beyond what I could achieve, never mind the investment needed set it all up.

“Then I came across The HR Dept and the franchise model got me really excited. There’s nothing else the Australian market that has the business infrastructure all set up and it was perfect for my situation.

“My strategy is to grow the business so that we can provide an end to end HR outsourced service to businesses locally.  Eventually, I would like to take on more people to assist with the day-to-day operations, whilst I continue to manage customer relations and develop the business.”

The HR Dept is an international franchise business, recently launched in Australia but established in the UK in 2002, which provides outsourced HR advice and support in more than 100 territories and serves well over 6,000 SMEs across the UK, Ireland and Australia.

The company is launching simultaneously in three territories in Melbourne, with other businesswomen Lee-Anne Hunt and Tegan Rose launching in Ringwood and Jenna Paulin setting up in Docklands.

Gemma Tumelty is managing director of The HR Dept. She said: “We are delighted that a franchisee with Jo’s expertise and experience is helping us launch The HR Dept in Melbourne. It’s great news for businesses in the area and I am confident that The HR Dept Essendon will be a great success.”

With businesses facing new challenges every day, Jo believes that The HR Dept’s proposition has never been more relevant, so she’s very excited about future business opportunities.

“There are a number of human resources issues impacting modern businesses,” she said. “For starters, HR technology is making a huge difference to the way companies manage their people and business.  Things like cloud-based solutions can bring great advantages to both management and employee.

“In employee engagement, so many companies invest in surveys and employee input but fail to manage the feedback or put actions in place to improve employee concerns.

“Gender equality is a very topical and current issue, which can be difficult for small to medium size businesses, depending on the industry.

“Finally, change is needed both for business and employees on casual and penalty rates. There needs to be a balance between a fair incentive for weekend work and enabling business to continue to make a dollar.”

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