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By: Ronda PaynePublished On: September 2, 2021
Your focus is on people. Not just because you like to work with people, but because you want to see people and organizations work together for the best outcomes for everyone. You may already be working in HR and have already taken a human resources diploma program or continuing education courses on the subject.
As you navigate the next steps in your career, it is important to consider how you can make the differences you want to see. Yes, some people go into a job with all kinds of lofty goals and get sucked into a mundane routine without making the differences they dreamed of, but that does not have to be you. If you have decided your goal is to make positive changes for people and organizations, make note of the things you can do to achieve that and keep them top of mind as you progress through your career.
Have that list of the things you want to do to ensure positive change in a place you look at regularly. Keep it as a screensaver, posted beside your bathroom mirror, or pinned to the wall above your computer. Move it around at least once a month as it will quickly become part of the background and you will forget to look at it and think about it. Keep it fresh.
Accept that as you grow in your position you may realize that some of the things you thought were possible are not, but do not despair. Ideally, you will continue to take HR courses online and you will be inspired with new ideas you can add to your list. Rewrite the list as you progress and find ways to look at your ideas differently to make small steps happen sooner or modify larger steps to make them more accessible.
Do not worry if a week goes by without you acting on one of your goals for making a difference. If you are consciously looking at your list and are aware of what you want to achieve, you will continue thinking about it and after a short break, you will be able to incorporate things into your day that lead to improvements.
If you know you want to be a difference-maker but are not sure what that might look like within your organization, it might help to start with a few basics that make HR part of the fabric people interact with daily:
Another way to kick-start your idea fountain is to look at the successes others had in HR change-making. Granted these are big, sweeping examples, but they definitely work to get HR professionals thinking about the big picture as well as the small steps that can be incorporated into an organization’s improvement with people.
It is time for HR professionals to consider ways to make positive change. It does not need to be massive sweeping change to be effective. Consider the metaphor of the butterfly’s wings creating a storm around the world. Small, positive change can become a movement that improves people’s lives, business culture and an organization’s overall position.
If change management is something you'd like to explore, consider our Change Management Certificate course here.
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