Robyn Madar Is the March Employee of the Month
Posted: March 3, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
By Ryann Doyle
Photo by Evan Cantwell
Mason’s Human Resources and Payroll (HR) office is teeming with activity – busy people rush around and work hard to meet staff needs. In the back corner of this office works Robyn Madar, trainer for HR and Mason’s March Employee of the Month.
As a trainer, Madar has four main responsibilities. The first is conducting new employee orientations for classified employees. During these orientations, she explains all the technical aspects of a new job, such as benefits, pay dates and vacation time.
Madar is also responsible for conducting electronic approvals training. In addition, she holds an administrative role for the training unit, helping with scheduling and preparation for all training opportunities and overseeing the Human Resources and Payroll Training web site.
Madar also organizes the Lunch & Learn program. Lunch & Learn seminars are monthly and focus on timely topics for faculty and staff. Some past seminars are “7 Hot Books Coming Out Soon” with the Fairfax County Library, “Fire Extinguisher Training” and “How to Train for an Endurance Event.”
Madar’s co-workers value her work ethic.
“Robyn has very high integrity. She meets all the commitments and goes above and beyond to provide the highest quality work product or customer service response,” says Rick Holt, HR trainer. “Robyn is the type of person we want to highlight at Mason as being an outstanding member of the team.”
Linda Harber, associate vice president for HR, agrees. “Robyn has worked hard to create a new Classified Orientation program for which she is the primary facilitator. I regularly get compliments from Mason’s new employees about the wonderful orientation program and how professional and fun Robyn makes it. It is so important that Mason’s new employees get a warm welcome to all of the things that make Mason such a great employer. I firmly believe that the impact of Robyn Madar in that training role makes a difference in Mason — with its reach far beyond the norm.”
Robyn is also a nondegree student in the graduate English program. “I have had the best experience as a student at Mason. I always wanted to get my master’s in literature. It’s a personal goal that I have been pursuing,” says Madar. “Studying English helps my communication skills and helps me interact with people because reading literature is the way we understand the world.”
In addition to her other activities, Madar recently began teaching customer service classes at the Arlington Campus.
Madar has been working for Mason for three years. She says that the people she works with make coming to work every day worth it.
“My immediate team — my boss, Dr. Lori Ann Roth, and co-worker, Rick Holt — communicate really well and play off each other, which I love,” says Madar. “The entire Human Resources department is a great team to work with, and as a trainer, I can’t do what I do without all of them and their expertise because they are the subject-matter experts.”
She adds that she also enjoys meeting all the new staff when she runs the orientations.
Madar is originally from Toronto, Canada, where she was a high school teacher. She moved to Denver after marrying her American husband. Before coming to Mason, she worked as a copy editor for a graphic design company and in visitor services at a museum in Denver.
After moving to Washington, D.C., she fell in love with the city and with Fairfax. “I didn’t know a lot about Mason and had no idea what to expect, but I love the Fairfax Campus and the whole Mason community.”
She adds, “Living in D.C. there is so much culture to take advantage of. I love to listen to live music and visit the free museums around Capitol Hill.”
However, some of these activities will soon be put on hold, as she is expecting her first baby in April. Recently, her weekends have been spent painting the nursery and getting ready for the baby to arrive.