So.. most of my experience has been in SMEs or smaller units of global companies. So my role
has been to support managers and businessowners/directors with both operational HR and
HR strategy. I like being involved in the business and would never take a role as a
"support function" separate to the business... NO WAY and NO THANKS! What I have learnt is that 'buzz' words don't get you anywhere. Why?? because these people we support have to run a business, they have targets and goals.. they want results, not words or fluff.
This got me thinking.. you either buzz with your words or you may as well buzz off, coz no one
will listen to you!
Managers don't want complications and they don’t want "You can’t do that" as an answer.
Don't get me wrong, I have had to push things through to get them done in my time and stand
my corner if I feel the business is at risk.. but in my experience no one likes HR people who
take themselves too seriously and are like a brick wall.. come on .. you all know the sort I am
talking about (hopefully you are not one of them) - I call them the "stuffers" - stuffy people
with no sparkle or people skills... and you think to yourself.. 'why are you in HR' ..’ are you
actually real’ …. oh the worst are the HR people who have literally had their humanity stripped
away by the profession (this kind of happened to me for a while when I dealt with high volume
ER cases).. the 'Ice kings and queens' - no thanks very much,.. If I ever get like that put me to
I like and surround myself with HR colleagues who are professional, businessminded, fun and
can have a laugh along the way… you can be both fun and professional! . A reason why I
formed corporate and cocktails. You can be an excellent HR professional and be, I quote,
"normal". whatever that means.. and this networking group proves it... so it's time to cut
out the "buzz" , get down to business and keep it real for the profession... if no one in the business
wants to talk to, sometimes you have to ask yourself "why".... ‘buzzzzzzzzzz’
(can anyone hear that)… exactly!! annoying sound? yes.. it is!
If you do on the other hand like buzzing noises or if you are desperately trying to entertain your kids this summer holiday.. this is for you!