It’s Tuesda, and already this week, in addition to a full load of ‘regular’ HR tasks, interviews and meetings, I’m exploring these concepts:
- Google calendar as a tool to collaborate with other nonprofits to provide collaborative training.
- Applying Google Docs to my team, including incoming interns who may work from remote sites.
- Root Cause Analysis.
- Mind Mapping software.
- HR Dashboards.
- E-Verify (I need to take a tutorial and pass a test before my department can start using the system.)
- Various applications to improve HRIS, background checks, application tracking software.
That is not to mention all the dozens of blogs and websites I am trying to read and follow as I also try to do my ‘regular’ work and cultivate relationships on my Twitter and LinkedIn accounts.
That’s this week. Next week, the slate will change.
This all feels quite different (in ways both very good and bad) from years past. As a college graduate in my early professional roles, I could read occasional books and articles and stay up on current thought without exhausting effort. That’s not the case two decades later. Now it seems I could spend all day- every day-researching, reading, learning and growing, and STILL not keep abreast of new developments, emerging thought, or best practices. As much as I love learning, sometimes it feels like an impossible treadmill.
Is it just me, or is knowledge expanding at an exponential rate? If so, how do we stay current? Where is the balance? Are there shortcuts? Secrets? How do you stay on top of your blogs, reading, exploding new developments while keeping your sanity?
Inquiring minds (mine!) want to know!
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