Over the past few weeks I’ve encountered my fair share of HR challenges. Some challenges have been resolved well, some have not.
It is a beautiful thing when the stars line up in the HR sphere. Hiring teams agree on candidates. People accept their employment offers with little drama. Problems are resolved before formal mechanisms need to be exercised. Employees do brilliant, effective things. Technology works. Crazy policies don’t need to be developed or implemented. Employees handle coaching well and as intended. Political games aren’t played. Planning occurs. Companies make money. Everything is bliss.
But the stars often don’t line up at all. If they did there’d be no need for HR Professionals.
Or so I tell myself.
Lately, I’ve been thinking about the mood of the HR folks I’ve been in touch with lately. By and large, they come across as frustrated and tired. They lack those fresh eyes of wonder that you see in people who have the opportunity to ponder the skies, to set goals and achieve them, to make it through a week without having some real bummer of a situation arise.
Unfortunately in a job like ours, you can’t really turn off that noise. Speaking for myself, and potentially others, I need more positivity in my work week. I know I won’t get enough of that from the work itself, and so I’m asking you, the reader of this blog, to say something positive. Out loud. Public. Tell us about a success you’ve had at work recently. Or something great in your personal life. Something that might inspire others. Or thank someone. Or give others hope. Me especially.
Do this for me. Do this for others. Most important, do this for you.
Shawn Anchor, a noted author and happiness advocate, talks frequently about the importance of rewiring your brain for happiness. He suggests that to rewire your brain you need to train it by focusing on positive activities to build a habit. One of the activities he advocates is to try stating three gratitudes a day for 21 days. So, if you find just a little bit of stimulation by saying something positive, take it to the next level by trying to make it a habit.