This blog is nearly 2 years old and while there are many other top notch blogs that have been doing it longer, I think CostOfWork is right up there with the best.
After blogging so hard and sharing so much content, many of us bloggers wrestle with the notion of quitting or at least taking a long sabbatical – it does become an exercise. Whenever I get to that point, I have to remind myself why did I get started in the first place and for me it was to prove myself and be helpful.
Human Resources is an under-appreciated, extremely valuable profession. Everyone thinks they can be in HR. I hear it all the time, “I’m thinking about going into HR because so and so said I’m good for it.” Hmpf.
Silly rabbit, HR is not for suckers – it’s not easy and everyone can’t do it. There are instincts, HR instincts and then there’s the law – you have to know it – you have to keep up with the changes.
HR professionals have to stay on top of human behavior, technology, market trends, social engagement, compliance, politics and the global economy. Effective human resource professionals are not just regional; they are national –they are global. It’s kinduva big deal.
There is no shortage of human resource related topics and competencies to speak on. There is a lot covered on this blog – social platform. But I like talking about experiences and one of the best experiences I’ve had this year was the Illinois State SHRM conference in Chicago. Had a chance to hang out with a lot of great HR people and within these interactions I learned that people are indeed watching – reading and really paying attention. And I learned that no matter how much social interaction you have with people nothing beats the good old IRL –in real life connection.
That being said the mission changes a bit now. I have nothing to prove socially, now it’s about reality. No I’m not retiring this blog, there is too much great HR content left to share – too many folks to meet and projects to do, associations to attend and people to help. You will see more interaction in 2013.
When you follow the CostofWork you will be empowered, I always bring you the human resource play. If you are not in HR, this blog will provide insight into the mind of the engaged and excited HR professional – not the cynic or skeptic. You know, how HR folks should be.
So what more can I say? A lot….but there is even more to DO.