Human Resources (HR) Director Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Human Resources (HR) Director in Dallas:
"Employment Law."
Need to be well versed in strategic planning and employment law.

Human Resources (HR) Director in Philadelphia:
"How stressful it would be."
One day at a time.

Human Resources (HR) Director in Farmingdale:
"Servant Leadership."
Stay close to the business. Pay attention to the culture. Do as much as you can to remove HR obstacles and bureaucracy from managers and employees. Make sure that your HRIS system works for the business, not the other way around. Lead by serving, not by imposing directives.

Human Resources (HR) Director in Phoenix:
"Never Assume."
Like a lawyer, don't allow yourself to be surprised. Know all aspects of your project or what you are working on so you are not caught off guard. Never assume that people are taking care of something or doing what you THINK they should be doing. Hard facts and information take you further to where you want to go. Research, research, and do more research.

Human Resources (HR) Director in Atlanta:
"HR is ever changing."
Ensure you make your HR career a "profession." Join organizations that reflect your career track, and volunteer. Strive to make a positive difference in your job, your profession, and in your community.

Human Resources (HR) Director in Minneapolis:
Take a deep breath before taking action and give yourself permission to think through the problem.

Human Resources (HR) Director in Brea:
"Documentation is everything."
If it's not on paper, it didn't happen. I have had very bad experiences throughout my career because supervisors and myself included did not document employee incidents. Even the most loyal employees can come back and sue and if there is no documentation in their files, guess who is going to win?