A Decade in HR : Don’t Close Doors

I was updating my LI profile the other night and realized that I have been in HR for over TEN years.  A decade in a profession that can be incredibly rewarding, frustrating and sometimes soul-crushing all in the same day.

Over the last decade, I’ve learned some important lessons from observation and personal experience.  That’s what this series will be about. This series will not be about crazy HR stories or bad HR people, it’s about my observations and moving the field forward. I hope this series is enlightening, funny and maybe you learn something.

Make sure to check out lessons one and two:

Lesson Three: Don’t Close Doors

My first job in HR was the headquarters of a large multi-state company. I was excited to be working downtown, excited to dress “professionally” every day and most of all excited to be working for a company with over 10,000 employees. When I set out to get my first job in HR, I targeted large companies because I believed these organizations would provide diverse experience and promotional opportunities.

Ten years later, I still see the advantage of large companies  but I’ve realized a few things:

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A Decade In #HR: I Have No Impact

I was updating my LI profile the other night and realized that I have been in HR for over TEN years.  A decade in a profession that can be incredibly rewarding, frustrating and sometimes soul-crushing all in the same day.

Over the last decade, I’ve learned some important lessons from observation and personal experience.  That’s what this series will be about. This series will not be about crazy HR stories or bad HR people, it’s about my observations and moving the field forward. I hope this series is enlightening, funny and maybe you learn something.

You can read lesson one here.

Lesson 2- Where I discuss our underestimated ability to impact our organizations.

Many people started their career in HR in an area like payroll; Stuck in the bowels of the organization, you may go weeks without seeing anyone who is actually affected by your work. Given the volume and data, it’s hard to see a paycheck as anything but another number with no face or name attached to it.

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A Decade in #HR : If You Don’t Have This Quality You Are Useless

I was updating my LI profile the other night and realized that I have been in HR for over TEN years.  A decade in a profession that can be incredibly rewarding, frustrating and sometimes soul-crushing all in the same day.

Reputation Post-It Note Meaning Opinion Or Standing
Reputation Post-It Note Meaning Opinion Or Standing

Over the last decade, I’ve learned some important lessons from observation and personal experience.  That’s what this series will be about. This series will not be about crazy HR stories or bad HR people, it’s about my observations and moving the field forward. I hope this series is enlightening, funny and maybe you learn something.

 

Lesson 1: Credibility

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned is the importance of credibility.  As an HR practitioner, you must have credibility or you are useless.

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