I love my job. It’s diverse, eclectic, challenging, and difficult. But I love it and wouldn’t dream of doing anything else right now. HR gets a bad rap in many organizations (probably for legitimate reasons), but I still think its an essential part of any organizational design.
The worst part of my job is that it’s tough to keep my mouth shut about the best parts. I can’t share most of what I do. It would be inappropriate and unprofessional to talk about the details (especially on social networking sites). Writing something like “I conducted a dang good investigation today, did a stellar job of researching the labour law and fired that person for _______” isn’t exactly appropriate. But on the other hand, stuff like that is part of my job. That’s the challenging and difficult part. It’s much more than just shuffling papers around.
I’m starting to follow a great blogger at Cynical Girl. She has the luxury of being a few steps removed from her career, and can talk about her HR experience a bit more openly. But it’s refreshing to see someone chat about the ‘ugly’ side of HR; the part that few people understand except HR Professionals. It can be emotionally draining to provide discuss layoffs, to tell a desperate person they aren’t getting the job they really need, to go head-to-head with a union, and to determine the fate of a low performing employee. Even if I become good at those things, it’s not something that can be shared with others very easily. The joys of HR work I guess…I’m not complaining, just thinking out loud.