A little over two years ago, I officially re-entered the workforce after my youngest child went to first grade. It felt weird at first, especially the first time I sat in a conference room with people all talking about business objectives and goals. I felt like an imposter. Like they were going to realize their mistake and call me out on it.
Sure, I had experience. I’d developed my career right out of college; I’d taken freelance jobs pretty regularly when the kiddos were little. I didn’t think I was so far removed, but I was. That first day, I sat at a desk with a computer and jumped in head first.
I was given responsibility to take care of and grow the Bamboo blog. If there was something I truly understood from my time at home, it’s how to nurture and love something. So that’s what I did. I loved this blog like it was my first-born (well, almost) and turned into Mama Bear when anyone disparaged the blog.
Of course, I wasn’t just doing the blog, but that’s what made me truly love my job. I loved the responsibility I was given to manage it and post what I thought our audience would want to read. I celebrated the highs when a blog would do really well, and I mourned those blogs that, well, didn’t.
Because my goal was to truly help people—and that’s why I’ve always felt so close to my readers because most HR professionals chose HR for that same reason, to help people (77 percent of them said helping people learn and grow was their main purpose). The blog became this living, beautiful thing that was making a difference to people. Readership was up. It felt good.
Today I write my last blog for BambooHR. I feel as if I’m sending my baby off to college. It’s ready for more and different things. But I hope I did all I could for it and that it’s better off for having me around. And really, I feel that deep down that’s what every single employee wants. To sign off knowing they did make a difference, that they helped something grow, that their company was better off for having them there—for whatever amount of time they spent there.
I’ve blogged a lot about so many parts of HR throughout my time here at BambooHR, but I thought it would be fun to sign off with a list of things that truly impacted the way I see HR:
1. HR truly wants to help people. Think of the negative way Michael Scott treats Toby in The Office or the way some people think about HR. It’s not always positive. But remember, HR is working for the company and have to do what the company needs (think laying people off, etc.). They don’t want to do these things. What they really want to do is help people learn and grow.
2. HR is in charge of a lot more than people realize. Employees don’t always realize just how much HR does. If they think it’s only setting up benefits and making sure they get a paycheck, they’re mistaken. HR is making such an impact on people and they are making huge strides in doing every part of their jobs with strategy. HR as an industry is on the cusp of truly becoming a genuine leader in their respective companies.
3. HR truly cares about the culture. Before I came to BambooHR, I didn’t fully realize what a big deal culture was and how much HR is involved in it. And it’s present in almost everything HR does—who they hire, keeping people in check, keeping people happy, etc. HR needs the support of the leadership to really make an impact, but HR knows how important this is for people. At BambooHR, the culture has never let me down. I continue to be amazed that as we grow, the culture is maintained (and wow, look where we ended on Entrepreneur’s best culture list)!
We love HR. It’s our passion, and each and every employee is growing and learning every single day. And that’s how we want it to be!
“I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. He taught me that if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good.” —Roald Dahl
To everyone who’s read the blog over the last several years, thank you! I encourage you to continue fulfilling your passions. Oh, and keep reading the Bamboo blog! You’re in good hands.