Submitted by Shawn Durr on May 7, 2024 - 10:24

Meet Peter Rasey, M+S HR Manager

We’re excited to share this insightful Q&A session with Peter Rasey, the HR Manager at M+S. Peter brings a decade of HR experience and a dedicated focus on supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). His personal connection to the I/DD community and his commitment to the agencies serving them led him to join M+S. Read more about Peter, and a challenge he has encountered in his HR role that might resonate with others in the HR field.

Peter joined the M+S shared back office services team in 2022. As Human Resources Manager, he handles or oversees workers comp, unemployment claims and FMLA, as well as compliance with federal and state HR policies, DOL regulations and OSHA requirements for M+S and our three client organizations. He also performs all hiring activities for M+S.

Peter’s approach within M+S is centered on staff retention and enhancing staff relations whenever possible. He is known for his empathetic problem-solving skills, especially when dealing with challenging HR issues. This balance between meeting organizational needs and fostering positive staff relations contributes significantly to Peter’s effectiveness as a Human Resources Manager.

Q: What drew you to join the M+S team?

A: I am passionate about supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and the agencies dedicated to serving them. With a decade of HR experience, I felt compelled to return to the field three years ago because M+S is a company that collaborates with client organizations providing essential services and supports to people with I/DD. On a personal note, I have several family members and friends with I/DD. This connection allows me to advocate not only for them but also for the individuals served by our client organizations.

Q: What is a fun fact about you?

A: In my free time, I am busy in the theater world as a performer or director/choreographer, or otherwise planning my next travel adventure. I most recently visited Japan and loved it!

Q: Could you share a challenge you’ve encountered in your HR role that might resonate with others in our field, and describe how you’ve approached solving it – or addressing it?

A: In our field, we frequently face the challenge of staff shortages, which often leads to a sense of urgency in hiring. Given the significance of our mission, it’s crucial to not only thoroughly screen and train new staff but also to clearly communicate our expectations. Additionally, we should be diligent in providing follow-up opportunities to ensure optimal performance from our staff. If necessary, we should employ consistent and fair strategies to foster the desired support for individuals and mitigate risk for the agency.