No one will advocate for employees as well as the HR professional. This is one of the areas in which you can shine.
When employees are being treated poorly, open your mouth.
When an employee is being unnecessarily favored, open your mouth.
When a decision is being made by management that adversely affects an employee or a group of employees, step up and open your mouth.
All human resources professionals want to have the opportunity to sit at the table as a member of senior management. If you do, don’t be like some of the others and shy away from advocating for employees because you think that you have to come across as a business person. It is your job to have the employees’ backs. Be proud and stand up for them.