Getting out of the HR funk.

Being well aware that it has been considerable months since my last posted thoughts, I do have a confession – that I was going through a time of HR cynicism, and I lost the inclination of reaching out to others I once was communicating and instead wanted to lose myself in my studies and family (which is not entirely a bad thing).  To retract from the scene, meant self-reflection.

Don’t get me wrong – I’ve gone through dreamily highs of HR possibilities of collaborative organisational networking, diversity engagements, ditching the performance reviews, etc etc.

But it seemed my world of HR was completely different to how others were living in the #HRSoMe.

I don’t have the resources or the mandate to initiate some of the “wild” or “new world” initiatives that I see others are on the internet… the local government industry doesn’t have luxury to break out of bureaucratic moulds.  So, I do what I could… challenge the status quo from within, which seems to the be only thing that worked, as my colleagues are used to my ways of objection – whether they like it or not I’m not too sure… I just like to challenge for the sake of it, to have people justify the whys.

HR fads, buzzwords, relationship/strategic building, chair-at-the-table stuff… it all seems lost in the day-to-day Generalist grind of endless administration, and the resentment of how things are and frustration of others seemingly to keep moving forward on LinkedIn where one wishes to break out of the mouse-wheel.

One positive thing that did come out of my absence is an assurance that my passion for continuous HR improvement and ‘making a difference’ has directed my studies into Organisational Development – which, I had cups of mochaccino with three different OD Advisors from different industries and all of them gave me a different answer on what OD is, and what the Advisor does (go figure).

I must mention the HR Game Changer conference that recently occurred in Wellington where I stumbled slowly back into reading LinkedIn and Twitter feeds… and found myself glued once more to the feeds that were coming forth from attendees with little jewels of precious insights from leading HR thought-leaders and connecting to new people I haven’t encountered before – which was so familiar and refreshing to finally acknowledge I’m feeling like I’m coming out of my funk.

So for now, I have a few of my thought-posts in draft form, waiting… (for the last few months) to be released – but all in good time, when I can spare some – I am still studying after all – now in Organisational Behaviour – HA!

Conference Virginity

I attended the HR Advisor’s Conference in Auckland three weeks ago – it was my first.  I was a complete conference-virgin until then.  I went by myself, and was shy to order any room-service, use the hotel’s facilities (gymnasium/pool/etc.), it felt like I was awkward – a lot of people carried smart-phones and tablets to take notes and twitter-feed news… is this the way of the outside world from my office?  I must keep up.

And that was the theme of the conference – HR and the way forward and keeping up with the world… embracing social media for recruitment, learning, collaboration; technologies that are out there that could make our lives easier if we had the budget to implement (and some we could now if we wanted to); communication and how HR could do far better at it – it was inspiring, I was swallowed up in the HR women executives of large companies and how they managed to achieve their roles (and not all were from bottom-to-top).

Now, I’ve got to present this to my HR team – it’s going to be hard.  I want to send the message that there is inspiration, how it’s so easy to get caught-up in our day-to-day work bubble/trap that we forget to ‘look’ and work on ourselves.

I don’t want to let that spark that I got at the conference down – I want to let it shine; naive as it sounds – like a conference-virgin.


I’ve got a fire lit up my jacksie.

It’s one that I wished that I had this in the first place when I left high school… I would be in a different place now.  But, in the same instance, I wouldn’t want to trade my history.

Like a lot of people I have met on my journey – I ‘fell into HR’ by a happy accident.  But it wasn’t also so rainbows and sunshine – I had a loathing of human resources, being on the other side. I had spent 10 years as a generalist administrator – forever floating, not knowing what I wanted to pursue, as I already had a diploma in New Media Design (which would now be obsolete with the rate technology and internet development is changing).

Now – I’m hooked.  My Myers Briggs Indicator Type is ESTP – extroverted, sensory, thinking, perceiving.  In a nutshell: I work well with people rather alone, love randomness and variety, fun-loving, analytical, see rules as guidelines, and very much a ‘doer’, I get things done after observing all the facts – but that could also be from my Virgo-sun, Taurus-moon, Libra-rising sign.

My next paper for the upcoming semester is Employment Relations – awesome – getting into the nuts-and-bolts of HR, if Massey University ever gets my application approved in time so I can get my textbooks!

I have my daughter Breanna starting school next week, her first real school-year, and mine as well, being a parent – I’ve got a lot to learn about school/parent culture.  So no doubt this year, as this post goes live in the Chinese New Year of the Horse (which the Horse means success), will be of many learnings and wins.

Fingers Crossed.