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HR is Never "Just" HR

03/18/2021 | Dee Yingst

I’m not sure any department’s mettle has been tested this past year in quite the same way as HR. It was about a year ago that I asked all of you in HR how you were holding up and now I’m back to ask again. When we started this “adventure” we didn’t know what to expect but we stepped up anyway, and did what we needed to do to hold our organizations together. It’s what we do.

This year has seen everyone in HR (whether you carry the title or not) really being pushed to their limit. We’ve had to keep track of changing regulations and their impact on our organization, figure out how to successfully transition office workers to work remotely, make the tough decisions and have the tough conversations around reductions in force, all while working hard to keep everyone’s spirits up, everyone engaged with the organization, and still do all the other stuff we normally do.

Now, as we begin to turn the corner in this pandemic, we have to figure out how to bring everyone back, keep them safe, get them re-engaged and re-energized about their role in the organization…again while doing all the other stuff we normally do.

I hope every organization has a new appreciation for their HR staff.  I don’t know about you, but I’ve had my share of “moments” during this past year where smiles were pretty hard to come by…with some being replaced with a deep breath and a sigh as I grab my coffee cup and go investigate the next chapter in the continuing saga that HR sometimes feels like.

Even if your organization isn’t saying it to you, I hope you have all learned how much your role matters. If you’ve ever uttered the words “I’m just HR” or heaven forbid someone else has said that you’re “just HR” I hope you know, now more than ever, that there is no such thing.

No one is “just” HR.

So as you’re drinking your morning coffee, tea, or other beverage of choice and wondering what the day will bring, please remember that what you do matters. Sometimes it might not feel like it, but it does. Somewhere in your organization someone is having a better day because of something you did. You make a difference every day and you have every right to be proud of what you do.

REMEMBER: You can't spell superHeRo without HR.