Here are 17 truths about working in HR.
- Create core values like birthdays and puppies. The rest is overrated.
- Communicate candidly, kindly, without pretension, and directly via text. Fine, okay, use the phone. Avoid email.
- Never send an email more than five sentences long.
- Give feedback kindly, with specificity, directly to the person who needs to hear it.
- Receive feedback kindly and ask specific questions without internalizing things too much.
- Communicate honestly at all times, even when it’s tough.
- Be patient with your colleagues and yourself.
- Always demonstrate integrity and honesty.
- Be intense without being severe.
- Follow a leader who is experienced but not too pessimistic.
- Always work with people who have varied and diverse skills and backgrounds.
- Don’t be afraid to flex your muscle and show your subject matter expertise.
- The quality of your relationships determines your happiness at work.
- If you’re going to assign blame, assign it to yourself.
- Money gets mishandled once. Never twice.
- Jargon kills people. Never be afraid to ask a clarifying question.
- The easy way out is never easy in the end.
I’m printing this and hanging it on my wall.
This is resonating with me as though I were standing under the bells at Notre Dame.
May I suggest Truth #18:
“Hell hath no fury like an employee whose company has discontinued the health care reimbursement program.”