Be loud, be proud

It’s that time of year when the sun starts to shine … the days grow longer … the boat race is on … the Grand National has just taken place … and the awards’ ceremonies season is starting to ramp up.

We are notoriously bad in HR for telling people what we do well and what we are proud of – I suspect this may be because, outside our own profession, people normally only talk about how dreadful their experience of HR has been and how they were once let down by an HR person, team or processes.

I don’t know about you but there are a number of times when meeting new people I have been reluctant to say what I do, especially in the context of working in health care – both emotive subjects for a number of people. Combine the two, light the blue touch paper and watch the conversation explode as you retire to a safe distance!

We talk about there being an HR ‘community’ – which, according to Wikipedia, means:

‘a group or network of persons who are connected to each other by relatively durable social relations that extend beyond immediate genealogical ties, and who mutually define that relationship as important to their social identity and social practice.’

If there is an HR community, then shouldn’t we be supporting each other and applauding good practice to combat the sometimes negative image people have of us? I know many people are reluctant to put themselves forward for awards but surely recognising those around us for what they do and valuing their contribution is a must.

I think if you work in a department where you can’t think of a single person or team that you are proud of, then there is a real question it be asked. So, my plea to my community – take the time to look up from the day-to-day world and recognise the people and the team you are with.

Even if you don’t nominate someone or enter for an award, take the time to tell the people you work with just what a difference they make.

Jeannette Crisp

Welcome to the June edition of the HPMA membership newsletter.

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