Recently I found and joined a new HR Bloggers group – a Ning community (Ning.com) – that I ran into via LinkedIn. As HR takes off as a powerful force in organizations I think there are going to be a lot more of these.
These social networking sites are starting to make sense finally. As with many things, you learn if you work with a system for a while even if you aren’t sure what use if may be. It’s a relatively easy form of risk-taking that may produce results. If not, you haven’t lost much.
Anyway, if you’re reading my blog today, you’ll see a variety of odd colors as the designers I’ve contracted via Elance work on changes I’ve requested. The elance process has been another of those learning experiences. I’m not fully opening it up to the public till the changes are in place and I’ve begun again with my HR-related posing.
As a start I thought I’d post the answer I put on HR Bloggers to the question: why stay in HR? For me it goes like this:
I’m staying in HR because this is where the action is for the next few centuries. People working better together can make our organizations far more effective. Not only will everyone make more money, but they will have a fighting chance of enjoying it while solving the problems we’re creating all over the world.
We’re seeing a sea change in organizations toward understanding that people are the most important ingredient. Ours is the most complex (therefore most interesting) and impactful area of organizational work. We will begin getting the respect this work deserves… as soon as we start convincing everyone what needs to be done. Fortunately bookstore shelves are rapidly filling with proof and advice that will get CEOs thinking they need us. Now… are we up to it?