Surrogate – a substitute, especially a person deputizing for another in a specific role or office.
Colleague – a person with whom one works, especially in a profession or business.
In short, work talk. I was a partner and the Vice President of Operations at a software company for 15 years. Human Resources was one of many departments I managed. After that, I spent a year as a director of a support and training department. I’ve been a business owner, executive team member, manager, and employee.
I’ve been on both sides of hiring and firing along with the interesting situations in-between. Expect a combination of advice, work experiences, and water cooler talk.