Jan O’Shaughnessy, operations analyst
When you start any new journey, you need to give yourself time to understand the path. I started my journey at Randstad Sourceright as an operations analyst. Before I started, I was terrified of stepping into a role among such a large group of team members. Although I live in the center of Atlanta, U.S. and am familiar with crowds, I was always used to working in a much smaller space with much smaller groups.
It took me quite some time to get into my groove here, learn the ropes and spread my wings, but once my confidence grew, I began to soar. I understand now that my role here at Randstad Sourceright is to support, uplift, educate and develop my team into the incredible co-workers that they are.
a workday with Jan
I support a large headcount full of a variety of roles. At times, it can be overwhelming but I get the honor of working with and knowing them individually, and it brings me immense joy to see their growth and flourishing careers. Because we work remotely, I also love providing engagement for our team by regularly sharing birthdays, anniversaries, holidays and appreciation. Each week, we spotlight one team member to learn more about them and their life.
giving back to the community
Outside of my work here with Randstad Sourceright, I am an advocate for my community here in Atlanta. A few years ago, after becoming a mom, I felt a strong desire to teach my kids about community service and its importance.
Through lots of research and dead-ends, I started my own organization, The Neighborhood Sprouts. Its focus is to educate kids on the magic of giving back and the importance of community service. We often discuss serious topics that many families find challenging to speak about, such as homelessness, racism, climate change and equal rights. We then give the kids a related goal or project to work on together so they can make a difference.
Recently, I acquired an old, abandoned garden in the middle of Atlanta and The Neighborhood Sprouts are now creating a community garden full of fresh produce accessible for everyone in the neighborhood. It also functions as an opportunity to teach kids about food insecurity and empowers them with a tool to resolve it.
I started The Neighborhood Sprouts as a small group of my friends' kids and it has grown leaps and bounds the past few years. Our beautifully diverse member roster continues to grow, and the kids just keep giving. After all the growth and hard work, I’m proud that The Neighborhood Sprouts won a grant prize from Emory University in conjunction with my participation in their 14-week Start Me, Atlanta Business development program.
inspiring greater giving
I am thankful that my colleagues at Randstad Sourceright welcome me to incorporate my Neighborhood Sprouts program into their lives. In December 2020, The Neighborhood Sprouts hosted a virtual toy drive for a local organization that was struggling during the pandemic. Our local vice president at Randstad Sourceright sent an email to the team encouraging them to support and, thanks to the overwhelming involvement of our colleagues, we were able to collect toys for over 300 kids! As a Randstad with Heart volunteer, I’ve supported numerous other events where we’ve seen participation from Randstad Sourceright colleagues.
I live my life through gratitude, finding it in every place and space I am. I am beyond grateful that I have found such a balance of opportunity while empowering others. I know that I was put here to do so and to cheer people on. And thanks to Randstad Sourceright, The Neighborhood Sprouts, my family and friends, I am now a full-time cheerleader. Best job ever!