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What a great title for a workshop. This is the title of Dr Adam Fraser’s session on Day 1 of the AHRI convention. So what does it mean to love what you do?


I think you could really probably substitute HR for any profession in the title because I’m sure there would be times in anyone’s career when they must have said to themselves “what was I thinking getting into this profession?” As an HR manager this sometimes occurs to me after an arduous day dealing with a particularly difficult performance issue or working with a manager on a tricky discipline issue or having to hand out redundancy notices. But these days are very few and far between.


I can truly say that I love what I do and I’m glad I found my way into the HR profession. Why do I love it? I love the variety in the role and that as a generalist in my profession, every day is different and a mixture of active and reactive, operational and strategic, and that I can work on a variety of projects using a host of diverse skills.


But how do you get to this point, what is it about any profession that makes you love what you do?


For me it is a number of things –

  • Having the knowledge and experience to know what you are talking about and to back up your answers

  • Working with the business and for the business and seeing outcomes that shows how your department and team has contributed to the business at the highest level

  • Having the opportunity to learn more and increase your knowledge, all the time

  • I love a challenge and to be able to think differently and devise solutions not necessarily considered before

  • I love working with people. I believe you actually need to like people when you work in HR, after all your job is about people and I don’t think you can fake it ’til you make it with this one.

  • Customer satisfaction – both inside and outside the company and knowing that HR has contributed to this

As this year’s AHRI Convention approaches, I want to learn as much as I can to take back to my workplace and implement. But the Convention should also be a place to take some time out to reflect on what it is that has brought us to this profession, to this convention and to this session. It is a time to consider what it is that YOU love about what you do and how you will take this back to your workplace.


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