Seriously. I’ve been really contemplating this lately and I continue to feel perplexed when I see Conference sessions, blog posts, and white papers on the importance of engagement, but it always seems to be about someone else.
If HR isn’t engaged, why should we expect others to be engaged? Have you asked yourself if you really love being in HR? Don’t get me wrong, this is not a “why people hate HR” post. This is a challenge to see if you’re truly in the field you enjoy. I find that the people who manage their careers the worst are people in HR. We will go out of our way to help others in their career endeavors, but we shy away from taking this and being intentional.
Remember – If you don’t manage your career . . . it will manage you !!
I’ve learned this through personal experience and also from watching others who continue to state that they struggle with being effective in our field. Trust me, there’s no other field I’d rather be in !!
I keep seeing posts encouraging people to attend #SHRM11 and I hope that people do because events like this can be spectacular . . . with a catch. If you aren’t going to forums like this to network, seek great professional development and also learn to be a better HR professional, then you’re just missing out. Take these opportunities to move yourself ahead so that, in turn, you can return to your company to move them ahead as well !!
I think we all need to be comfortable “in our own skin” when it comes to being in HR and to quit apologizing for it. I think it was captured best by one of my favorite bands, Boston, in their classic Peace of Mind:
“Now if you’re feelin’ kinda low ’bout the dues you’ve been paying
Future’s coming much too slow
And you wanna run but somehow you just keep on stayin’
Can’t decide on which way to go
Yeah, yeah, yeah
I understand about indecision
But I don’t care if I get behind
People livin’ in competition
All I want is to have my peace of mind.”
So, take some time to reflect. Get rid of any indecision. It would be great to look around in our field and see people who really had that peace of mind to make HR rock !! Come on and join in !!