“Ain’t nothing to it but to do it!” with Blue Moon’s HR Manager, Jeano Jacobs

By Vusi | 27 May 2013 Blog home

ME & Blue MoonBlue Moon’s HR Manager, Jeano Jocobs, works discretely behind the scenes, often lending a sympathetic ear to employees and most importantly, ensuring that eveyone is paid on time! In this interview he explains what he does as HR Manager and shares what inspires him about Blue Moon.

As HR Manager I collaborate with different departments, ensuring staff are fully utilised. This is the easy part of the job because every Blue Mooner arrives at work with their feet firmly planted on the ground while reaching for the stars, or in our case – the moon.

I interact with staff and department heads, discussing work and training plans to ensure constant personal growth for employees in all areas.

Administrative duties include liaising with the Department of Labour, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) and the Services Seta – plus the favourite of all, processing the monthly payroll for permanent staff and freelancers

Every new day comes with its own challenges especially when working with curious colleagues who are engineered to think ‘out of the box’ and push boundaries.

I enjoy the one-on-one interaction with staff, discussing a visionary way forward. I can guide them through a speed wobble at work and motivate them to be the best that they can be.

A good HR Manager should respect every individual as their own divine entity and special creation, have a compassionate ear but a strong voice of reason. Confidentiality is critical, while remaining true to the individual and to Blue Moon

 Every staff member is given the platform to recognise their top achievers as well as the potential achievers within the business.

There is a genuine care for everyone’s emotional well-being at Blue Moon. Some of the ways we show this are:

#1 Stopping in the midst of “battle” to take time out and celebrate a fellow Blue Mooner’s birthday

#2: The Fresh, True and Brave Awards, which acknowledge the phenomenal personal and work sacrifices Blue Mooners make to satisfy our clients in their strategies and events

#3: The Siyaphila Team ensures we stay healthy throughout the year, reminding us to take responsibility for the well-being of our bodies, minds and souls

I am constantly awe of the absolute magic delivered by ordinary looking staff memebers at Blue Moon.

I am inspired by my mother and the women of Africa and by every single personal story I hear whether in be strife or glory, these motivate me to continue on this journey.

My favourite quote is :“Ain’t nothing to it but to do it!”

Ourside of work I have relinquished all my hobbies to be the best dad I can be.

One thing my colleagues don’t know about me is if I win any money in the Lotto I give it away to a stranger or friend in need.