What I Love About HR

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Dammit.

HR Wench just wrote another awesome post about the Components of HR That She Sorta Kinda Likes. This list is even better than yesterday’s list and includes some highlights like handling a crisis and kicking butt.

(I love to kick butt. Seriously, I love justice in the workplace.)

I’m beginning to feel a little derivative, but I’m inspired to add to HR Wench’s list. Here are the things that I love about Human Resources.

1. I love to gossip.

Knowledge is power in the world of Human Resources. I feel like the kid with the golden ticket when someone tells me something juicy and private. I’ve got a twinkle in my eye when I know something that I shouldn’t tell you about.

If it’s inappropriate and personal, someone in your HR department is probably talking about it.

2. I like to boss people around.

While I have no formal training or advanced degree that allows me to tell you what to do, I somehow feel compelled to present myself as an authority on most every subject. It makes no difference if you work in Information Technology or Accounting — I’m going to tell you how you can do a better job.

Some people call it coaching. I call it therapy.

3. I like to talk about myself.

When you come to see me to talk about your shitty manager, I’m going to take the opportunity to talk about myself. I’ll tell you about my shitty managers. Then I will tell you about my childhood. I might also talk about my cats.

Some people call it a teachable moment. I call it a moment where I can talk about myself a little more. If you listen, you might learn something.

4. I like coffee.

I’m going to suggest that we get a cup of coffee whenever you schedule a personal meeting with me. If the cafeteria is closed, I’m going to suggest we go to Starbucks. Either way, there will be coffee.

5. I like soft targets and easy goals.

My job in Human Resources is simple: I’m here to make the organization work more efficiently & effectively. How do I do that? I do that by helping you to work more efficiently & effectively.

Unfortunately, you’re responsible for your own work. I can lead a horse to water, but I can’t make it drink. If you suck, I am still a superstar. That’s the beauty of Human Resources. It’s win-win for me!

Okay, HR colleagues, did I miss anything?

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