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I started writing this blog as a way to show that HR professionals are regular people. Behind the scenes, we are just as frustrated as others and care about way too many things-both the positive and negative. Human Resource professionals have a difficult job – working with people, processes, rules, and regulations. We wear many hats!
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Wearing so many hats definitely takes a toll on life. My HR career has definitely changed my personal life in ways I never thought it would both positive and negative! This post will focus on the positive aspect.
The Positive-Making a difference!
Every position in every company makes a difference-otherwise, it wouldn’t be! In my HR career, I have helped others learn, grow, and understand how their roles fit into the big picture. I’ve advised employees to react the right way in situations that affect themselves and others. It is always a great feeling to help people learn many things!
- how to manage their emotions;
- manage others;
- to get their employees and co-workers to buy-in and perhaps most importantly…
- utilize the tools (however time-consuming) to create a future for themselves either at work or perhaps make the decision to move on
Early in my HR career, I was put in a location where the former HR professional did everything for everyone. Instead of managers writing up corrective/disciplinary actions for employees, they would just send an email to HR expecting one. In addition, management would bring every employee relations issue to HR to investigate-instead of being a part of the process. I was very worried about the managers here because I was there to guide them through such issues, not do everything for them.
After some rough conversations and several weeks of constant review and follow-up, management began to realize how important it was for them to take the first step in handling difficult situations first before involving HR. That their first conversation with HR was similar to…
“I have a situation I’d like to run by you and how I would like to proceed.”-ideal manager conversation
This was a great win! I was proud of several things:
- Being able to rally the managers into wanting to learn the employee relations process
- Giving advice and follow-up rather than doing everything for them and they end up learning and doing nothing.
- HR advice being accepted and utilized.
The management team learned they were personally and professionally better off for listening and learning. That they can take that knowledge anywhere. Knowledge is key to handling employees relations properly. Teamwork is a result as well! All positive aspects of being in HR.
Those are HR WINS! Helping others to realize their potential and how learning processes and working through difficult situations help personal growth and career aspirations makes you proud to do what you do. In addition, it creates a happy mood that you take home with you and feel that you are making a difference.
Happy life, happy wife…Happy work, happy home perks! Rhyming is NOT my specialty 🙂
What are some positives in your job that make it all worth it?
All the best… *Judean*
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