The field of HR is vast. I dig that. You can seek a career in HR and going in many different ways. Not many other fields can do that. The ironic thing about this breadth though is that we don’t embrace it. In fact, we do our best to have massive barriers built between the different areas so that each one can place its stake in its respective ground.
Here’s an example . . . vendors.
HR people don’t like vendors. Vendors, in turn, don’t like HR people. However, we need each other in order to do our job well. But, instead of embracing each other and seeing each other as resources, we tend to tell each group to stay in their camp.
Another one . . . Sr. HR Executives.
I know I’m heading into treacherous water in calling this out. But, when did Sr. HR pros forget that they weren’t always Senior ?? Is there an apex in our profession where we can avoid those “below us” because we don’t deal in the transactional work that lower level HR people have to address?
I don’t get it and I refuse to. I have a different approach that I’d like us all to consider. Let’s dissolve the layers that separate our profession and work together as talented parts of an amazing whole !! I’m not asking us to become an HR commune. I’m asking us to truly be strategic and understand that each part of our profession brings a strength and value to what we bring to the business community.
Last week I spoke at a very small HR chapter along which had four students from a SHRM Student chapter. An a “Sr. HR professional,” I could have taken the stance that I wasn’t with those “of my kind” and that this was a waste of time. Or, I could see it as an opportunity to meet great new HR folks that I didn’t know and maybe, just maybe, one of those students could meet someone that remembered how hard it was to start in HR and give them my time and attention.
So, let’s rally together !! Vendors, recruiters, OD, Training, Consultants, Generalists, Comp & Bens folks, HR Admins, HR Analysts and Executives. Together we make up HR. Let’s quit trying to splinter our field. Let’s be the example of how together we are a vital, relevant and strategic business entity !!