Boring, administrative, easy, stiff, nerdy, police, buzzkill, overhead, party planners, tour guides. Have you ever heard these descriptors used to describe HR?
There are a lot of stereotypes surrounding HR. Unfortunately, some of them exist for a reason. It’s true, HR can act like Weenies, blindly following the rules while lacking an understanding of deeper business objectives. Choosing processes over people. Not communicating properly to the team at large…
As experienced HR professionals, we’ve met our fair share of Weenies, and yes, we have been guilty of Weenie behavior ourselves at one point or other. If you’ve ever thought, “I just need to check these tasks off my list” or “Well, that’s not really my responsibility”, then you’ve been a Weenie too. Being a weenie is a mindset. It’s encouraged by society’s popular dismissal of HR as “unimportant” which, incidentally, couldn’t be farther from the truth. There is a massive gap between the reality of our amazing profession and the negative perception of HR, but we believe it can be overcome.
We want to help people push past the Weenie mindset. We need to be Warriors in HR. It is critical work and not for the faint of heart. It sometimes is a battle!
So, what’s the difference between an HR Warrior® and an HR Weenie™?
The HR Warrior® is a professional who can be counted on to get the job done right, to exceed expectations, to inspire others, and to set expectations that increase the work output of everyone around them. HR Warriors care about what they do. They see their work as an opportunity to have a positive impact on business every day.
In contrast, the HR Weenie™ performs the minimal amount of work. Weenies aren’t motivated to influence their work environment or to advance the perception of HR. HR Weenies busy themselves with projects, processes, and perceptions, instead of delivering measurable results that have an impact on their peers, other employees, and the company.
How do I know if I’m an HR Weenie™, and how can I become an HR Warrior®?
If you’re asking yourself the question, then chances are you engage in some Weenie behaviors. This is nothing to be ashamed of, but rather, something to recognize and work on. At least, that’s what a Warrior would do!
HR Warriors are committed to continuous learning. They understand that it’s not about being 100% perfect every day, but rather, it’s about making a conscious effort to develop your qualities. We’ve put together a workshop to help you do just that.
Virtual HR Warrior® Workshop
If you are sick of the negative stereotypes surrounding HR and you want to do what you can to improve the perception of your profession, this workshop is for you. If you want to make more of an impact, garner respect, and have an effect on your organization’s business objectives, then this workshop is for you. If you simply want to gain a better understanding of HR, this workshop is also for you.
Join us on our mission to see HR become what it’s truly meant to be!