Walker Named April Employee of the Month

Posted: April 1, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Megan McDonnell

Janet Walker, executive assistant for Human Resources/Payroll, is April’s Employee of the Month. Walker adds her own flair to payroll reminders and writes and manages the e-mail communication with HR/Payroll liaisons, called Instant HR/Payroll. Walker also volunteered to manage the travel for the HR/Payroll staff—”quite a feat” according to Linda Harber, assistant vice president and chief human resources officer.

“Her suburb customers service skills, extraordinary sense of professionalism, and calm demeanor ensure that all of Janet’s customers are treated with respect and receive correct answers in a timely fashion,” says Harber.

Janet Walker
Janet Walker
Photo by Eric Goodman

“It’s a great honor and one I hope to continue to live up to,” says Walker. “I enjoy being able to help people and am delighted to be in HR/Payroll. I have the good fortune to work with fantastic people who make working at Mason both rewarding and fun.”

Martha Reiner, awards coordinator for Human Resources, says Walker is always willing to help colleagues. “I have never encountered a co-worker who adds more to the smooth running of a department than Janet Walker. From the time she came to HR, she was the person who everyone could count on for advice, confidentiality, humor, and just plain common sense.”

According to Cheryl Sims, payroll director, “her attitude, willingness to help, cooperation level, Mason knowledge and understanding, along with a great sense of humor, make it a true pleasure to work with her. She is intelligent, quick to pitch in, and slow to criticize. Her tenacity on difficult projects makes others in this and other departments want to learn from her example.”

Walker chaired the committee that organized the first annual summer HR/Payroll picnic. She also attends Staff Senate meetings, for which Linda Fauteux, Staff Senate secretary, is grateful. “When questions concerning HR material arise, she is quick to volunteer to find out information and disseminate it to the appropriate individuals. Her professionalism, her sincere willingness to help (and always with a smile), and her kindness all make her someone whose very presence enhances the Mason community.”

Pat Donini, employee relations director, HR/Payroll says that, “on top of her positive attitude, energy, and dedication to getting the job done, Janet is a gifted writer. In fact, the positive tone of our Instant HR/Payroll communications is largely to her credit.”

Walker has had an eclectic career. She began in the hotel industry running restaurants but spent most of the last 20 years in administrative work in a variety of places, including Harvard University, the White House, and the Federal Reserve. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a BS in hotel administration.

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