Okay you got me; I definitely stole that from the hit movie and book, ‘The Help.’ Watching that movie the other night really inspired me to write this blog post because I sometimes find myself mired in disappointment at the HR profession. One of the reason I go hard on HR basic principles or what I like to call “HR fundamentals” is because many of the problems we see and read about comes down to HR fundamentals; basic-in-the-trenches human resources principles.
The HR professional is in a tough position. We are part lawyer, counselor, teacher, mentor, ombudsman, judge and executioner (it happens). All day you’re working on stuff that you’d rather not have to worry about. You’re putting out fires and counseling people on their personal issues while neglecting your own. You’re trying to show your worth, and by ‘your worth’ I mean HR’s value to the organization.
It’s a thankless job.
I stopped by today to remind you that your work is important, you ARE making a difference. Think about this, you have the ability right now to pick up your phone and make someone’s day, hell you can make someone’s year. All you have to do is call them and offer them a job. A job is a powerful thing. And the job you do is a very powerful thing. So listen up, burnt out HR professionals, YOU MATTER. You is smart, You is kind and You is Important. Now go out there represent HR to the best of your ability AND THANK YOU!