HR always organizes the summer picnic, the holiday party , and the company 5K. If they are sharp, your HR lady asks the local admins for help.
(This is why the admins think they work in HR, by the way.)
Organizing a company event is a pain because people always ask the same questions.
- Do I get paid to go?
- Do I have to go?
- Must be nice to plan a party. Shouldn’t HR be doing real work?
- What if I slip and fall? Am I covered by work comp?
(Ugh. I hated working in HR.)
Your HR lady doesn’t always have to be involved. I just ran a local Jingle Bell 5K, and it was super fun and not organized by human resources. People dressed in Santa costumes. Runners pinned bells to their shoes. Everyone smiled.
This event was organized by a local school in coordination with a national charity. Lots of volunteers. Local people with big hearts.
Could the event have used the touch of a skilled and dedicated HR coordinator who likes to throw parties? Did they need better signage? Could they have used a bossy middle-aged woman like me with a bullhorn?
But it was Saturday morning, and those women were probably tired.
Just because HR knows how to plan an event doesn’t mean that they should always plan it. And it doesn’t mean that you can’t step in and help out. So go ahead. Volunteer. Make things better at your company. Don’t wait for human resources.
It’s yours for the taking.