Anna HR department named best in state

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The city of Anna’s human resources duo of Rhandy Peña (left) and Director Stephanie Beitelschies were recognized by Assistant City Manager Ryan Henderson during the Aug. 24 City Council meeting.

The Texas Municipal Human Resources Association has named the city of Anna’s human resources department the strategic human resource department of the year. The award recognizes the outstanding contributions the team has made in the past 18 months for the organization and the employees they serve. The award also acknowledges the efforts to enhance and further the organization’s mission, vision, values, and culture while aligning strategic HR practices and programs.   

City Manager Jim Proce says that the team that recently expanded to two people has accomplished a lot.  He praised them for their accomplishments over the past 18 months with a limited budget, and essentially, no formal process. 

“They used the strategic plan to identify areas of improvement and allowed it to guide their decisions and make them an invaluable resource to our team and growth,” he said “It only goes to show that size of the department isn’t important. The key is the creation of a culture of learning, teamwork and embracing the core values of Anna CARES: Creative, Action, Responsibility, Excellence, Serve, and using the values to measure our performance and evaluate if we are meeting the expectations of our neighbors, our teammates and our community.” 

Among the accomplishment that the department has been lauded for are identifying gaps in the city’s benefits package and implementing a plan to correct the issues. They updated the city’s retirement system, employee assistance program, short-term and long-term disability, and completed a compensation plan study. 

The HR team also implemented an annual Gallup poll among all city employees.  Since it was started the aggregated poll ratings have risen and employee turnover is now at an all-time low. 

The Anna human resources department was recognized for its award during the Aug. 24 city council meeting.