Think being in Human Resources or Employee Relations isn’t funny? Think again.
Check out Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates’ speaker Brett Ward, CFI as he gives us his take on the numerous hats HR/ER professionals wear on a daily basis.
“Greetings from 42,000 feet friends and colleagues…..
Gliding through my home away from home (the clouds) towards to the next assignment which this week happens to be a contract for a group consisting of Human Resources, Employee Relations, Ethics Officers and General Counsel for one of our Department of Defense contractors.
Typically, when I’m sitting in my hotel room working late into the evening feeling sorry for myself because of an overflowing platter, all it takes is to spend three days with a team of Human Resources professionals to remember the grass is hardly (never) ever greener on the other side. We at Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates (WZ) are certainly the bearer of many hats: Investigator, Consultant, Sales Person, Author, Antagonizer (ok this one’s just me), Travel Coordinator, Referee, Psychologist (for each other) and the occasional Professional Speaker in our “spare time.” But just a handful of hours with this group and I feel guilty about the half dozen or so knives I’m juggling at any one time. I have significant moments of clarity occasionally when around certain industries that make me thank the good Lord my professional window of opportunity came in the form of a consultant. You know, where I can do my thing and sneak off stage-left knowing what was left in my wake will be dealt with tomorrow morning by someone other than yours truly (“You’re welcome.” Ok, now that was not a nice gesture, very unlike you and non-”HRish”). I started thinking of just how many hats folks in the professional HR/ER world deal with on a daily basis and it quickly became a high figure. Know that there are other professionals out there that do recognize the mountains faced by your genre, understand the challenges of it, and are grateful for those that have the internal fortitude to take it on.
Thought we’d discuss a few…..
When first “asked” (cough, cough – threatened) if I would be willing to blog for WZ, my response was, “Can you please use that word in a complete sentence, and are there any other pronunciations out there for it?”