The Not-So-Back-Office

pull the curtain back

The HR Profession has its fair share of pundits.  You’ve already heard me harp on about how those who seem to be most vocal, though, rarely have the real stuff to back it up. And by stuff, I mean actually having served as an HR leader or professional in a corporate environment – managing people practices and HR infrastructure, creating and maintaining the career experience for the people, and having responsibility for the general caring and feeding of employees.  That doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t have something valuable to add to the conversation, but we have to make sure we balance that conversation with what our brethren in the trenches have to say. Like it or not, we don’t hear enough from those brethren.  One of my favorite features in the Sunday New York Times is the Corner Office.  It’s a great way to glean life’s (and career’s) lessons from some extremely successful top executives out there (no HR executives as of yet).  The HR Executive Magazine does a pretty good job of putting the spot light on top HR leaders and their experiences in the profession…SHRM does it too.  And I of course think there’s a place for it in the HR Fishbowl but it has to be a bit more raw and a bit more pithy.  It has to be from HR pros who perpetually have dirt under their fingernails; those who don’t live with unlimited resources; who don’t operate in environments that necessarily accept HR as an integral part of their business; those who claw and scratch and earn their places at the table by bringing value to the organization, yes, but even more so by bringing value to the people…to the humans who make the wheels go round.

In tomorrow’s first Not-So-Back-Office feature, we’ll pull back the curtain on Steve Browne, the HR Executive for a prominent Pizza Company.  Aside from really contributing to the growing presence of HR professionals in the social media space, he has some pretty cool things to say about making a difference to the business and, most importantly, its people.  I hope you’ll join us tomorrow for more from Steve and again and again from others like (and unlike) him.

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