If Seth Godin’s blog was focused on HR, what would it look like? What kind of readers would he attract? What kind of response would ensue from within the HR and management community?
These are the types of (admittedly lofty) questions I’m asking myself in preparing for future posts on this blog.
Truth be told, the way we talk about the world of HR and benefits can be flippin’ dry… BORING… Wouldn’t you agree?
This is really unfortunate for many reasons…
And I want to do something about it.
Inc Magazine defines Human Resource Management as follows:
Human Resource Management (HRM) is the term used to describe formal systems devised for the management of people within an organization. The responsibilities of a human resource manager fall into three major areas: staffing, employee compensation and benefits, and defining/designing work.
Here’s the irony surrounding HRM:
Human Resource Management is inherently very interesting… It involves psychology, culture, strategy, company branding, motivation, and organization just to name a few key areas…
So how did we make this subject so dry and boring? I think it boils down to two key factors. One, we get content in our jobs and stop pushing things forward as we really should. Two, we’re drowning in so much paperwork and minutia, that we forget to even lift our eyes enough throughout the day to focus on the bigger picture – The “why” behind our work… The reason we even got involved in HR in the first place.
And we just can’t stand for this!
We spend 40-50, even 60 hours a week at our jobs.
Not only do we form our workplace, but our workplace forms us.
With all this in mind, I wan this blog to be a conversation starter for everyone involved.
Let’s engage our minds in these short articles, and interact!
Of course we’re going to have conversations about things like employee benefits, 401K plans, HRIS platforms, vacation policies and compensation strategies… But I’d love it if we could ground all of it in our “why”… Knowing, for example, what we’re even trying to accomplish with those employee benefits in the first place.
By the way – If you haven’t already seen it, CLICK HERE and watch Simon Sinek’s Ted Talk on the power of “Why?”.
Here’s to a thriving conversation ya’ll.
Let’s challenge the status quo together – And become better leaders along the way.
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