Hey! So Glad You're Here.
I'll be honest, this probably won't be the blog for everyone.
This is a space for the HR's out there who feel underappreciated, burnt out, lonely, frustrated, stressed, who shut the doors to their office to have a quick cry, who sometimes just need a cocktail at noon, who need to vent but nobody to listen, who feel unheard and unseen. But still go in everyday because they care. They care about something. The employees, their career, the front-line managers, improving culture, or just trying to do what's right.
For many people working in HR, there have come points where they stop feeling that care. I don't know the statistics specifically for how many HR professionals were part of the Great Resignation over the last three years, but I'm sure it was staggering. I was there myself in June of 2022. I almost left the entire HR industry to be a bartender at a brewery.
When COVID began in March 2020, HR was looked at to have all the right answers during this unprecedented pandemic where nobody in the world knew what the f*%$ was going on. Yet, we had to be there, answering every email, handling every complaint, reading every federal, state, and local policy to make sure we got it right the first time. Executives would make a decision and HR would have to be the cheerleader for that decision, even though they perhaps were never at the table for those discussions.
HR is looked at to "fix" culture in an organization. During the MeToo movement, HR was part of the problem. During COVID, HR didn't care about employees. The lack of workplace diversity - it's because of HR's hiring practices. Only employees of the HR department get accused and chastised for "working for the company" when literally every employee also works for the company. Of course, HR isn't perfect. HR gets it wrong sometimes because like everyone else in the organization, we're human too. But so many times HR has to be the face of corporate decisions whether we were part of them or not. How many times has an HR manager put their own job on the line to stand up for what was right? How many times has an HR Manager said "I don't think that's a good idea" to the C-Suite only to turn around having to appear as the proponent of that bad idea?
Despite how it appears here, this isn't necessarily a place to whine about HR. Hey, I'm still in it! But I want this to be a place where we can say, "Here's my people. They get me." So please join in the discussion! We'd love to hear from you!