Lately, I’ve been coming across a syndrome that isn’t distinct to any company or civic organization, but it is prevalent in all of them. What is this syndrome? It’s the “forest through the trees” syndrome !!
So often we churn and churn over the smallest issue in order to make sure it’s either taken care of or “fixed,” while we miss the world going on around us. I don’t think this is distinct to HR, but we really do well at it !!
I try to stay connected to a myriad of HR and business folks from all types of industries on a regular basis. It amazes me that when we get to talking about work, I NEVER hear about the amazing people that work for their company, only the problems. You hear descriptors like “everyone” feels this way, or that an HR issue affects “everybody.” However, when you dig into it some more, it is usually a few folks that take up the majority of our time. So, is the problem those few people? Or, is it us? Do we relish the chance to go after the problem instead of having to focus on the majority?
It seems that we like the comfort zone of going after the problems because I think we feel that it justifies our positions. Let me ask you this though . . . How does it feel to always muck around in the dark underbelly of the Company? Doesn’t it get old?
I think it does. In fact, this past weekend I went camping again with my scouts from Troop 941. We were outside the entire weekend for our “Sporting Outing” which was a great way for the adults and kids to play team games together ranging from soccer to Ultimate Frisbee to kickball (with the regulation red ball I may add !!) I went with a group of the boys on an 18-hole disc golf course which took us six hours to complete !! Vicious and invigorating at the same time.
After the weekend, I’m sore, sun burned and I think I have poison ivy in at least five places on my legs. Now, the “tree” way to look at this is to focus on my run down body. But the “forest” way I truly live is that I wouldn’t trade an ache or itch for the memories of laughter, competition and camaraderie.
So HR, which is it? Are you a “tree” or a “forest” in your organization? Step back, reflect and then . . . change (if you need to).
The forest rocks !! I can’t wait to find you there !!