Jeff Bennett is an HCM Implementation Consultant and brings several years of experience in HR and technology implementation to the HRchitect team. Jeff began his career as a recruiting coordinator for a Fortune 500 company and then transitioned into HCM consulting in 2015. Jeff’s experience spans a wide variety of industries including financial services, insurance, professional sports organizations, and government agencies. Jeff is well versed in many leading HCM systems including Oracle PeopleSoft, UKG Pro, and UKG Ready. His experience has given him a unique perspective on industry data and configuration best practices enabling him to bring his clients extraordinary service.
Hometown: Canton, Ohio, home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Alma mater: University of Mount Union in Ohio. I played baseball all four years and graduated with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Business Administration.
All-time favorite restaurant: Three Dollar Café in Sandy Springs, Georgia
Last book you read: Greenlights by Matthew McConaughy
What do you do when you’re not working? I am hanging with my wife and 2-year-old daughter or being Chip Gaines and doing some type of update to my house.
How did you find out about HRchitect, and what made you join the company? I had been working in the HCM consulting industry for several years, and I had heard of HRchitect from former colleagues but didn’t know a whole lot about the company. So, when I started looking for a new career opportunity, I searched for HRchitect on LinkedIn and researched the company, which led me to connect with Matt Lafata. I knew HRchitect was the perfect place for me after my conversations with Matt, Brian Kimball, and Drew Simmons. Many companies promote “great culture,” but some fail to follow through with it. Throughout my conversations and research vetting HRchitect, I knew I could trust them in following through with everything they were telling me. You know the saying, “If you talk the talk, you better walk the walk”? Well, based on my experience so far, HRchitect “walks the walk.”
How has your background impacted your experience as a consultant? My experiences have led me to where I am today, and I do not take that for granted. Whether it was a positive or negative experience, I can take something away from the situation to improve myself. In addition, having been exposed to different industries and working with a diverse group of clients has helped me become a better consultant by putting myself in my client’s shoes.
In your own words, what do you do at HRchitect? I’m an HCM Implementation Consultant and Project Manager. I assist clients with implementing core HR, payroll, and time and attendance systems.
What’s a typical workday like for you? I start my day off by getting my daughter up and ready for daycare and then hop into the workday around 8:30 or 9:00 am. My days usually consist of software configuring and managing my projects. I try to wrap my days up around 5:00 or 5:30 pm to hang out with my family before I put the little one down for the night.
Tell me about a project you’ve worked on that you’re particularly proud of. My first implementation was for the US Department of Energy. The project was extremely complex, and since it was a government client, the requirements were something I had never experienced before and learned a lot from.
What’s been one of your favorite destinations to travel to for a client site visit? I really enjoyed visiting clients in Washington, DC. I went as a child, but when you go as an adult, you appreciate the history and importance of our nation’s capital.
As part of a team that works 100% virtually, what technology or collaboration tools do you use to make your work life easier? We use Slack and Microsoft Teams to collaborate on a daily/hourly basis. These tools help us stay connected and not feel like we are out on an island by ourselves!
What motivates you to wake up and go to work every day? I enjoy what I do and who I work for. I love the people at HRchitect, and that alone makes me want to do well for them and myself. In addition, I love helping my clients improve their business processes. They choose HRchitect to help them implement these products to improve their processes and work lives. Being a part of that is very rewarding.
Which employee perk that HRchitect offers do you enjoy the most? Why? HRchitect has a yearly Health Initiative program. This incentive helped our family purchase a gym membership which will allow us to get back in shape! It is great when a company takes work/life balance so seriously, and HRchitect does just that.
Learn more about Jeff here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffbennettgeorgia/