Reading all the posts this month from newbie bloggers and career HR practitioners got me hyped up — and it got me thinking: what HR is to me … now?
I still believe HR’s primary reason for being is to balance the needs of the employer with the rights of the employee. And I still believe the employer is the “more important” party in that equation. Because everything HR does is to ensure the employer can succeed and excel at its business goals.
I still believe most practicing HR professionals are too busy putting out fires, mitigating liability and justifying their existence to be especially innovative or strategic. And I still believe the “right,” “good” and “fun” things are hard to find in the HR trenches. But there’s still nothing wrong with that …
Well, except the “justifying their existence” part. Because if that’s going on in your organization, something is wrong with that company or something is wrong with you. Figure out which and make changes. Stat.
However, now I believe HR doesn’t have to get bogged down in the little things. And I believe HR can ensure right, good and fun things are found in our workplaces.
Simple. By sharing and caring.
One more thing on the sharing/caring note. Professional networking. It’s crucial and critical. If it wasn’t for the connections I’ve made over the last year, my view on what HR is to me wouldn’t have changed much. I would be stuck and frustrated with myself and my career instead of excited about the journey I’m on. Sharing ideas with other professionals, helping each other through challenges, encouraging one another to keep pressing … It’s what keeps HR professionals engaged and enthused about the work we do and the people we serve — so we can ignite the spark in others. Don’t take that lightly and don’t take it for granted. Cultivate professional friendships. Lots of them!
Accordingly, I want to thank my guests one more time for their fantastic posts this month!
So much for me not getting introspective and reflective this month, huh? My bad. But the reality is that you can’t grow and move forward without it. It’s right, good and fun!