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Meet a #futureshaper: Aneesha Arora

Here's how she's helping employees become futureshapers

Aneesha Arora has advice for you.

Focus on doing a great job in the role you are in and the next role will find its way to you, said Aneesha, the vice president for human resources and communications for our Safety and Productivity Solutions business.

She also urges you to:

  • Take risks. 
  • Pause to celebrate successes with your team.
  • Recharge outside of work. 

“Take time to be with your family and do the things you love or whatever brings you energy,” Aneesha said

Based in Charlotte, N.C.; here is her #futureshaper story.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?  I really wanted to be a Fly Girl on the U.S. TV show In Living Color and then I wanted to be the next Barbara Walters. But reality set in and I decided to follow in the footsteps of others in my family and thought I would be a doctor.

What do you do? Our goal is to be the best run industrial company in the world. The way to achieve that is to have the best talent. I’m responsible for ensuring our business has the best workforce that is organized in the right way to deliver results and great quality solutions for our customers.  

What gets you excited about coming to work every day?  There are a few things that get me jazzed: (1) The talented HR team I work with and lead. I am super proud of them.  (2) Helping to solve challenging problems. (3) Knowing that I can truly make a difference for the business.

What do you wish people knew about Honeywell? Because we typically don’t sell straight to the consumer, most people don’t know about the breadth of the cool and innovative technologies we develop and how incredibly global we are.  We really impact the way the world works!

How has Honeywell changed since you began working here? Its operational and financial performance has dramatically improved, as well as the priorities of the business given the rapidly changing technology landscape. We are talking about things we haven’t talked about before like artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, flying vehicles…the solutions we are working on today are different than they were 17 years ago.  We used to only talk about products and now we can also talk about software and solutions. At the same time, we’ve evolved the workforce so that our employees have much more diverse skill sets so we can pivot into new markets and technologies. But at its core, Honeywell is still a company that values a meritocracy, bases decisions on data, and has strong ethics. That has not changed.

How does your job make tomorrow better/safer than today? My role is not only to hire, promote and develop the people we need to deliver against our objectives, but it’s also about delivering on our long-term growth objectives.

What qualities do you think a #futureshaper have? Intellectual curiosity, courage, innovative thinking and a focus on delivering value for our customers.

If you were a fortune reader, what would you predict as the future of your industry? For SPS, we are becoming more digital as we ride the wave of e-commerce. Consumers want things to be easy and completed faster than ever. This means we must put decisions at our consumers fingertips if we are going to transform the offerings we bring to the market. We are making the supply chain faster and more efficient. As for workers, there is nothing more important than safety and that will not change in the future. We will continue to make workers more productive and safer.

What do you for fun? My kids are my world and I have the most fun when my husband and I play with our two young kids. They love to play hide ‘n seek and build forts with the pillows on my couch. They are 2 and 4 years old so they ask me questions all evening long and make me laugh. When I have “adult time,” I enjoy spending time with my husband, dancing or traveling…oh and shopping!

Learn more about what it is like to be a #futureshaper.