Last week, I attended a panel in NYC where I spoke about Employer Branding. I had a cold and I was a little crabby, and I was sitting at a back table with Pat Nazemetz from Xerox (who is an influencer) and trying not to get her sick.
Out of the blue, a Human Resources professional came up to me and said, “Hi, Laurie. I just want you to know that I read your blog every day. I’m so excited you are here. I’m a no-nonsense kind of practitioner, too. It’s great to meet you.”
Wow. I couldn’t hug this woman because I was sick, but if I could, I would have kissed her.
My blog reaches very strange segments of society: HR professionals, recruiters, job seekers, and ordinary people who just want to read something different. Honestly, I love hearing from the HR professionals in the community. You are working hard to fight stereotypes. You are changing the way Human Resources & recruiting operates in your company. I’m so impressed that you would take time out of your day to read my blog. I kid around about HR professionals who wear Crocs and sensible cardigans (although many of you do), but I’m right there with you. I’m fighting the fight while wearing comfortable yoga pants and big, cotton underwear. (Hanes Her Way — why get fancy for work or blogging?)
On a personal level, interactions with HR professionals mean the world to me. When my blog is validated by men and women who work in HR at all levels — from associate to VP — it reminds me that I have a community of peers and colleagues who are striving to do the right thing. I only wonder why I didn’t write a sassy HR blog while I had a job as a practitioner. How different would my career have been?
Anyway, HR peeps, I’ve got your back. You are doing great work, and I really appreciate your support and your readership.