» Featured Articles
» Subscription Information
» Reader Survey
» Companies Actively Recruiting
Ingersoll Rand Builds Progressive, Diverse & Inclusive Work Environment
Ingersoll Rand (IR) advances the quality of life by creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments. Its people and family of brands - including Club Car, Ingersoll Rand, Thermo King and Trane - work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings, transport and protect food and perishables, and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. IR is a $13 billion global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results.
More specifically, it’s committed to meeting the world’s growing critical need for clean and comfortable air, safe and fresh food, energy efficiency and sustainable business practices. It’s passionate about building a better future, too.
To deliver on the needs of its customers in the global commercial, industrial and residential markets and the needs of communities where it operates, and to achieve premier performance, IR is further committed to building a winning culture, growing strategically and deploying operational excellence.
As vice president, diversity and inclusion, Michelle Murphy, leads Ingersoll Rand’s efforts to create a progressive, diverse and inclusive (PDI) work environment, a key underpinning of its culture.
Building upon a strong PDI foundation, Murphy is refreshing IR’s long-term strategy and approach with a focus on deeply integrating PDI into the HR, functional and business processes across the company. She works closely with company leaders and IR’s strong network of diversity champions, councils and employee resource groups (ERGs) to define the next phase of IR’s diversity and inclusion journey.
She’s been a passionate supporter of the company’s PDI efforts over the years. She’s also a founding member of the Women’s Employee Network, for which she serves as chair.
Murphy brings extensive HR leadership experience and has demonstrated strong acumen in HR strategy and business partnership, talent management, organizational development and learning. Most recently, she was vice president of human resources for the HVAC Parts and Supply Solutions SBU, where she led HR efforts and served as a strategic partner to drive diversity, inclusion and people development across the business.
In addition, Murphy brings experience grained from various business and HR leadership roles in sales and marketing operations, strategic sourcing, learning, organization development and change management at Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Kohler Company and John Deere.
She holds a master’s degree in instructional design and technology from Western Illinois University and a bachelor’s degree in communication and business from Illinois State University.
How is diversity part of Ingersoll Rand’s culture?
Our company believes deeply in the importance of a progressive, diverse and inclusive (PDI) environment. The varied backgrounds, perspectives and ideas each one of us brings to the workplace fuel our innovation and success. That’s why we’re so committed to a winning culture that is inclusive and respectful at its core.
It’s important to us to find new ways to help our employees thrive - including employee resource groups, community engagement where every employee is encouraged to take time off work to volunteer in their community, and a variety of other solutions offered to build bridges of understanding.
How does Ingersoll Rand recruit and attract a diverse workforce?
We’ve made some great progress in building external partnerships and recruiting with STEM-related diverse professional associations such as the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and the Society of Asian Scientist and Engineers (SASE). We’re also engaged in partnerships that enable us to increase our brand awareness and attract new talent with military veterans and people with disabilities.
However, our greatest tool for attracting a diverse workforce is our current workforce. Our diverse employee resource groups (ERG) make personal employment referrals and help support business growth goals by getting closer to our customers, communities and prospective new hires.
What qualities and skills do you seek in a new hire?
I look for authentic people who work well with others, take initiative, do their research and make recommendations to solve problems.
What’s your best career advice?
Many people think there’s a defined path that fits for a career. There are a few careers that are that defined, most aren’t. Learning from my experience, I encourage others to be open to a variety of roles and be opportunistic in building their career. Never discount what you might learn or gain from an experience.
How would you describe Ingersoll Rand’s culture? Why is it a great place to work?
Collaborative and respectful. It’s a great place to work for many reasons. The one reason that is most meaningful to me is that people here genuinely want to move the company forward and put the overall company interests before their own.
What types of jobs are you seeking to fill?
We’re looking for great talent who want to develop and grow their career with us. There are always roles to fill, and every role offers an experience that helps you build your skills and capabilities. I encourage others to be open to a variety of roles and be opportunistic in building their career.
Where can readers view Ingersoll Rand job opportunities and apply online? How can they connect via social media?
Visit our careers website, company.ingersollrand.com/ircorp/en/join-us.html. Readers may also visit the career portals of NSBE, SASE, SHPE, SWE and Orion International for select postings for which we will interview during each of our partner organization’s 2017 annual conventions.
In addition, learn more about us and connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Glassdoor using @IngersollRandplc or @IR_Careers.
» Feedback for the Editor
» Request Article Copy