HR Stewardship

I know that we are all glad to have made it to another year and now that the festivities are over it is time to get back to work. In my short lifetime, I have held job titles such as; busboy, mechanic, cashier, and many others. I am glad to say that I chose the Human Resources field or instead it chose me. HR is an excellent fit for my personality and my passion. I am naturally a friendly outgoing person, and I enjoy helping others to reach their goals. HR is definitely a career that can take a lot out of you but also give you that right feeling inside. Many of you are looking forward to furthering your career in HR or something related or not, but do you really understand the real theme of your position?

It doesn’t matter if you chose HR or just fell into it (not likely huh?), one thing we all have to realize is that this career and many others come with one common theme……Stewardship. We take care of people, we take care of their problems, and we take care of helping them achieve their goals. This is of the utmost importance not because of power associated but the level of accountability. The way in which we go about our jobs can help or hinder someone’s professional progress, motivation, and even self-esteem. To outsiders, we are papers pushers, but on the inside, we know better. Our paychecks might not reflect it, but each pay week our hourly totals show it. We are decision makers, we are power brokers, and we are dream makers.

I urge everyone to take their job a bit more seriously this year. Regardless of the job function, someone is counting on you to not just do the job but to do a great job. It matters, you matter, and do not look for thank you or pat on the backs, those will come and go. I pray that this year each of you gives more of yourself to help others than any previous year, I want you to even surprise yourself. Take hold of that accountability and use your energy to be the best decision maker, power broker and dream maker you can be. This is our year! Lets practice HR Stewardship!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Jeff Kelly says:

    Ed, Do you have any tips specific to teens who get fired from one of their first few jobs? Also, how should folks talk about why they left a job when they were fired? Jeff

    1. Ed Balfour says:

      Thanks for the question Jeff, that may be the next blog, however teens should always be truthful but one does not have to get into all of the details, no one wants to hear past drama or the preview of a coming one. One can simply say such reasons as schedule issues or not a good fit personality wise, but understand they will have to answer how those circumstances will not be a repeat action at the new place of potential employment. I have had interviews where people just admit to immaturity and summing up the situation as a learning experience. You can still show growth from a bad situation.

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