A Few Reasons Why I Love HR

4/13/2017 - By Shannon P. Lands, SPHR

"I can't believe you like HR."  

"I could never do what you do."  

"Please don't ever quit because I would never want to do your job."  

These are all statements or questions that I have heard many times over from my work colleagues, my friends, my family, and yes....even one of my former bosses. Allow me to take you on a journey of what HR means to me. This is why I love HR.

When I hear other HR practitioners (especially the ones who are relatively new to the profession) get asked why they got into HR, the typical answer tends to be something along the lines of, “I really love to help people.” Excuse me if this sounds harsh, but the reason I enjoy HR is not because I just love working with people and helping them. Now, don’t get me wrong; I do like to help people. I insist on having a personal characteristic of empathy. And, I do like working with people. Most of the time. However, that’s not my reason for being in HR.  

In today’s environment, HR isn’t all about helping people anymore. As we hear over and over, we are no longer “Personnel”. We are, or should be, well educated resources whose goal is to help our company make smart decisions….both on the business side and human side. We should be ones who don’t make snap decisions, who are trusted, who act instead of react, who aren’t afraid of gray areas, who campaign to do things just because it’s the right thing to do, and who aren’t afraid to speak up when something just seems off.

This is why I enjoy HR. I make a wide variety of decisions every day at work. Decisions that affect the company and decisions that affect our employees. Why do I love HR? Not just because I like to help people, but because I love to make decisions that make an impact.

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About the Author | Shannon P. Lands, SPHR

Shannon serves as the manager of human resources and related consulting services for Saltmarsh. She has been practicing in this field since 1994, acting as a human resources administrator and consultant for a number of small to mid-sized companies. Shannon’s experience includes all aspects of human resources administration, including policy and procedure development and legal compliance.

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