Break Time

Normally I use my Friday post to recap the week. I discuss the motivation behind my posts, I cite source materials, and I give thanks to those that supported my efforts. Today I’m skipping ahead to the thanks, and then I’m taking a break from blogging.

I’m going on hiatus because I’ve discovered that, if I don’t do so, then my blogging suffers. I really enjoy writing and engaging with the audience around my work. I also take a lot of pride in it. If I don’t consistently give my best then I feel as if I’ve let myself and the readers down. That’s not my style, so rather than force myself to deliver sub-par work, I’m going to take some time to refresh my creative stores. When I come back I’ll be able to give you what I believe to be thought provoking, substantive, and sometimes funny insights into Human Resources and the world of work.

In the meantime, I want to say thank you to…

  • Lisa Macabu for her HR Interview contribution this week. It was good to catch-up with a former New Yorker and see how well she’s doing. 
  • The students, faculty members, and SHRM members that have reached out to me regarding the ‘Welcome to the Future 2013’ e-book project. I appreciate the time you took to speak with me, as well as spreading the message about the project!
  • The readers at large, with a special thank you to those that retweeted, gave me +1s, commented, and otherwise shared my work with their network. I appreciate that you found my work worthwhile enough to do so.
  • Those in the various LinkedIn groups I’ve been engaged with. I’ve had the pleasure of being involved with several great discussions in recent weeks about the state of the Human Resources profession. Whether or not we agree, I appreciate your thoughts and ideas about how the practitioners can be better. I look forward to continuing the conversation!

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Break Time

Starting today I’m going to take a bit of a break here at Creative Chaos HR. I have a few reasons for this:

  1. Mercury is in retrograde.
  2. Rest is important. I enjoy working and pushing myself. I also recognize that pushing too hard doesn’t benefit anyone, least of all me. A well timed break will give me the chance to reset, get refreshed and re-energized so that I can continue to deliver my best work. 

This concept of “rest” is relative, though. It’s not as if I’ll be sitting on a beach somewhere, sipping margaritas. My day job will still be there, as will family responsibilities. This break just applies to the blog.

It may appear effortless to create and maintain, yet this blog of mine requires a commitment not dissimilar to my other full-time ones. I pride myself on delivering good content. This means taking the needed time to read, think, write, and edit my work. Oftentimes this means getting up early, as well as using every free moment effectively. Creating quality content requires that I consistently channel resources toward cultivating, refining, and communicating my thoughts. In short, my devotion to my writing is work, and it’s time for a well deserved vacation.

So while I’m away feel free to read through my past works (look for the #HRreruns hashtag for content from myself and other HR bloggers), call or send me an email, or sit back and enjoy this great jazz mix that my wife put together. See you in two weeks!

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