Human Resources: Is It Right For You As a Profession?

I have been a Human Resources professional for over 20 years and have found it to be a challenging and rewarding career. Human Resource Management is often sited as one of the best careers for women and, after several years of acquiring hands on experience and knowledge, also lends itself nicely to the flexibility of consulting. The selection of the career and job should suit the personality for hr. The understanding of the responsibilities should be proper through the person for the designation of hr.

Yet Human Resources Management is not the right career path for everyone. While there are many wonderful perks – primarily the opportunity to really make a difference in the lives of your employees and within the organization itself – there are also many disadvantages. One of the primary disadvantages is often being the bearer of bad news. If there is a reduction in force or layoff within the organization – H.R. is the most frequent messenger. The same is also true in cases of disciplinary action, including those that result in termination. A Human Resources professional must be able to remain “separate” enough to deliver such news without it becoming personal, yet at the same time demonstrate the compassion necessary to treat those receiving such news with dignity and respect.

Another difficult area for many of those first entering the field of Human Resources is that of confidentiality. Human Resources professionals have access to a myriad of highly confidential information about the employees in the organization. Often you will have access to information you wish you didn’t have. It is quite common for other employees in the organization to actually try to “pump” some of this information out of you- especially as it relates to salary or other items of interest such as who may be in trouble or in line for a promotion! You need to be VERY careful with the amount of information you divulge and to whom. Everyone needs someone to bounce things off of and to share and “unload” many of the day-to-day issues that occur in the workplace. H.R. professionals are no exception, but it is essential to have someone far removed from the organization that you can share with or “vent” to in order to avoid “accidentally” divulging too much information to another employee.

All too often the H.R. Department becomes the “watch dog” of an organization. While some of this is necessary (laws do need to be obeyed and policies do need to be administered fairly and consistently) it is role that can be quite burdensome if not handled properly. The trick is to balance the need for compliance with a smile and genuine concern for both the employees and overall objectives of the organization. A good Human Resource professional needs to know where they can (and should!) bend and where they need to stand firm. The art of choosing battles carefully is essential!

In summary if you want a career with the potential for a great impact on both workplace culture and bottom line productivity and you are an emotionally mature, flexible yet committed individual, with an eye for the big picture and details – Human Resources might be right for you!