As HR pros, we are supposed to help ensure that there is a clear line of sight between an employee’s effectiveness and his or her ability to do well at our organizations. Let’s work together to help company managers disentangle their own gender conformity preferences from the requirements of the job, and the companies we help lead.
W.C. Fields once said, “It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to.” It may be bad form to quote this misanthrope for a posting on the Women of HR but there are lessons to be learned from everybody.
Many employees struggle with the issue of child care. It effects both men and women, but I see it more often with the female gender. Family responsibilities are not a male or female issue. They are a human issue. As in most situations, clear and honest communication makes it easier.
Building character is hard work. We have varying degrees and speeds of character building based on our life experiences and events. What expectations have you set for yourself to build character?
One truth for moms who work at home – or moms in general – is that we have jobs that we can take anywhere. I have a job I take with me everywhere I go, yet I can make a conscious decision to uncouple myself from my work. So can you.
A strong sense of responsibility is a strength but it can also be the gift that keeps on giving. It never stops or shuts off. What do you do to turn your strength into a gift?
Early on in my career, I may not have seen my placement next to an octogenarian as having all that much benefit. Fortunately, I’ve grown; I now quietly accept the wisdom of those who’ve gone before me. In the business world, this is called mentoring. And you can find mentors in unlikely places.