I have been working in Human Resources since my very early twenties, and in that time I have met some inspirational, intelligent, humorous and downright strange individuals.
Interestingly even to this day, when I meet some people and I say I work in Human Resources, there are normally two reactions – “oh here comes the fun police” or better yet, “do you just organise morning teas and celebrations whilst the rest of the team works?”.
I can appreciate that they may just be jokes (not sensitive in the slightest), but it’s clear people wonder what HR people actually do.
Having worked in the profession for fifteen years, I guess now is a good a time as any to give you an overview, As an HR professional I am responsible for:
Being a strategic partner to the business: contributing to the development and accomplishment of organisation-wide business plans and objectives by providing talent.
An employee advocate: A responsibility to know the team – need and wants, delivering on talent management initiatives whilst creating a work environment where people choose to contribute, to be motivated, and to be happy.
Change champion: Constantly evaluating the effectiveness of the organisation’s results and seeing how we can utilise our talent to do things bigger and better.
This is an overview, to learn more head to my LinkedIn in profile here.
Why am I writing all this? Well, I have recently had a HR graduate come under my wing and once again things have come full circle for me. I have reflected on what I do, how I do it and why I do HR as I impart knowledge. The whole experience has taken me back to my graduate experience and how I want to make it even better for someone who enters the workforce for the first time.
In my opinion, it has always been clear to me that someone can have all the smarts in the world but to work effectively in today’s business environment it takes zero talent to do the following:
be on time: know the importance of being on time, as well as completing projects and tasks on schedule. If they’re going to be late or miss a deadline, then they communicate with those who need to know, and a new deadline or meeting time can be established.
Honesty: You can have all the talent in the world, but without integrity and authenticity, nothing great will be accomplished.
Take Notes: as brilliant as you think you are – take notes, otherwise you will forget things.
Work Hard: nothing great is accomplished easily. Be willing to put in the hours and be willing to learn new things and incorporate different ways of thinking.
Ask Questions: there is no such thing as asking a stupid question. Better to ask the question than spend hours trying to fix something that could have been avoided.
Your Attitude Matters: Come into work fresh and energetic and you will outproduce workers who think negatively and easily burn-out when they encounter defeat.
In the short time that I have worked with our graduate, she has demonstrated the above and then some.
In reading this post, I hope you have come to understand what your HR department does wherever you work and that you have found some tips to become the successful employee you have always wanted to be.
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