Why Are You in Human Resources?

I looked up the def­i­n­i­tion of Human Resources today and I got
soup to nuts and didn’t run into the same one twice. So, using my own
brain after read­ing the var­i­ous def­i­n­i­tions I encoun­tered, I
fil­tered out the fluff and cob­bled together my own definition:

The strate­gic and coher­ent approach towards
man­age­ment of an organization’s human capital

Short, sweet, open to a world of inter­pre­ta­tion. Whether you like
my def­i­n­i­tion or another one you sub­scribe to, social ser­vices and
men­tal health pro­fes­sions are dif­fer­ent BLS
Stan­dard Occu­pa­tional Clas­si­fi­ca­tions (SOC).
HR pro­fes­sions are SOC
under the par­ent SOC group 13–0000 Busi­ness
and Finan­cial Oper­a­tions Occu­pa­tions

Do you see where we work? Busi­ness and Finan­cial Oper­a­tions

If I had cho­sen to work in
human resources because I wanted to help peo­ple my pri­or­i­ties would
have been mixed up and I would have made a poor choice. Per­haps you
think that sounds cold hearted. But what should the focus be
for a human resources prac­ti­tioner? It seems clear to me that it is to
ensure the prof­itabil­ity of the com­pany through the man­age­ment of
its human capital.

Why do some of us get wrapped up in employ­ees’ prob­lems, think we
are their par­ent, think we have to “take care” of them, think we have a
respon­si­bil­ity to help them live their lives and even solve
their per­sonal problems?

Do some of us pur­sue a career in human resources for the wrong

Do a quick self assess­ment to check– you know, kind of like tak­ing
your tem­per­a­ture with a ther­mome­ter, to con­tem­plate if you
con­tribute to or enable the unhealth­i­ness of a sick work
envi­ron­ment or even help cre­ate one with a lop­sided view or bad
def­i­n­i­tion of your role in human resources.

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Why Are You in Human Resources?

Are you an enabler, histrionic, co-dependent, drama loving, human advocate, wanna save the masses kind of person? If so, you might think human resources would be a perfect fit for you professionally. In the end you’ll only end up frazzled, frustrated, tired and defeated… The mission is to ensure the profitability of the company through the management of its human capital – not try to fix people…
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