At Nestle USA Inc., “There are real opportunities to move around location-wise,” says Jeffrey Ertel, vice president of human resources. “If you don‘t want to move, we can move you to your location and get you a different experience.” Ertel exemplifies someone who benefitted from the challenges that Nestle continually makes available: “I‘m in HR now, but I started in marketing. Along the way, I‘ve done sales, purchasing and been involved in a joint venture that sold coffee. I was fortunate. I was asked by the division president when I was a marketing guy to go run a purchasing department. He saw something in me that led him to give me a chance. I did OK, and they kept moving me.”
Naturally, HR professionals in mid-size and large companies can create more opportunities. With 195,000 employees, HCA Inc. in Nashville, Tenn., is an example. “There are always opportunities available,” says John Gering, group director of organisation effectiveness. The varying sizes of HCA hospitals and health care businesses let someone begin as an administrator in a small facility and advance by moving up to a larger facility.