HR work isnt easy.

For any young person who thinks HR work mainly involves booking fun events and being the cheerful "people person" in the office, you would be wise to rethink if this is the right career move for you.

Here are my 5 scary truths about HR:

1) You will see the best in people and you'll feel grateful for the times you get to work with the best humans in your career.

You will also see the worst in people (but no one will really know what the worst looks like because it's hidden by confidentiality). Don't let the behaviours of the worst people scar your views of the great ones.

2) The work you do will be mostly uplifting because you can help change someone's career, develop them to become greater than when they arrived, and be the change catalyst for great things at work.

You will also go home on some days that will make you wonder how you can get up and go to work again tomorrow. Some days, the "brutal" work that lives in the realm of HR can be hard to swallow. Find your destress motivator and keep it handy for those dark days.

3) Working in HR, you'll learn quickly to become solutions oriented. Fixing problems becomes the number one skill at the top of your resume.

But that often comes with the expectation that HR becomes the complaints department. You must form strong partnerships with your leadership team - you're not the service station and your job isn't cleaning up the mess of others. You're a business partner like everyone else - your contributions matter.

4) Working in HR, you've got to be objective. Making difficult decisions and having sound judgment is something you've got to be GREAT at if you want to succeed in HR.

That means you can't take things personally when people don't agree with your decisions. Not everyone will see things the way you do but in the end, you'll have to make the best decision and move forward. There will be many days that you'll go home feeling depleted and alone.

5) Every organization has a way of doing things and they will also partner with HR in vastly different ways. Choose the company you work for and the leadership that comes with it wisely.

Depending on the environment you choose for yourself, HR can provide you with extremely rewarding work. Or it won't.

For those of you who want to get into HR, I would highly recommend you talk to those who are in the field and can share with you what reality might look like on the job compared to what you might read in text books.

The unvarnished truth will either scare you away, or it will be your calling.

And for those of you who are really really good at it, I can bet it wasn't an easy road to get here.

Because HR work isn't easy.

Dinesh Divekar
Business Mentor, Consultant And Trainer
Learning & Teaching Fellow (retired)

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Dinesh Divekar

Dear Mr Ashok Pai,

On reading your post, one gets a feeling that these are your views. However, these are not. On checking Google, I found one Christine Song has written this post on her LinkedIn wall. The link is as below:

Well, gentleman. Let me not get into the contents of the post whether HR's work is easy or not. However, the content creator's originality must be respected. Nothing wrong in posting content from a book, web resources, newspaper report etc., but propriety demands proper disclosure of the source of the information. Otherwise, passing someone else's content as one's own is nothing but plagiarism.


Dinesh Divekar

From India, Bangalore

This reminds of a book I read about Swami Vedanta Desikar, a Vaishnava saint that lived near Kancheepuram, around 13th century. I forgot the name of the author that wrote the book.

In that book he had said that Vedanta Desikar had written "Please do not copy what I have said and claim it as your own, as you will bear responsibility for the mistakes that I may have made."

From United Kingdom

so can we mention in the heading as its forwarded message or copied message ? Because we can share good messages even though its not ours. so shall we ? Dinesh Divekar& Simhan.,,
From India, Madurai
Dinesh Divekar

Dear Pon Murugapandian,

Keep the heading and text of the copied message as it is. However, please mention the source of the information by quoting the web link. We need to take steps to avoid violation of someone's intellectual property rights.

By the way, other than news, court judgement etc., why one should copy material and paste it to some other forum?
What can be achieved by proving how one is good at being a copycat? Creativity is fostered when one values originality and not by being a copycat.

A few original sentences are better than the copied text of thousands of lines.


Dinesh Divekar

From India, Bangalore

Dear Dinesh Divekar, Hope you are doing well. okay iam agree with you, now i mind it about the copied message.
From India, Madurai

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