By Perminus Wainaina
David was recently promoted to the HR manager. With just five years of HR experience, this was the first time, he says, he felt his career was progressing.
The challenge, however, was to remain productive in a new role while working from home.
“I had to look for ways to make my employer feel my impact despite this challenge.”
Now, a few months into his new role, he is leading the reinvention of the labor negotiations process which requires him to conduct Zoom meetings and phone updates with his senior management team. He recently took up the challenge to be the project lead for a talent management task force and has been working virtually with his colleagues to recruit engineering professionals.
As he is undertaking core HR responsibilities within the company, he decided to register for a free HR mentorship course to boost his understanding even more.
This blew me away.
When I asked him why he felt he needed to do all this and whether it fits into his career strategy, he said, “I have a lot to learn. I am trying to seize any HR leadership opportunity that will help me grow, provide visibility and make a difference in my organization. Also, this will be good for my CV in the long term.”
Although David directly manages no one and has no big HR title, he is, indirectly, in a leadership role.
The truth is, this is one of the best HR career strategies that highlight how you can make your mark in HR without necessarily having a big title.
Are you wondering how to make an impact without a big HR title?
Here are two important questions to ask yourself:
1. During these uncertain times, are there new or emerging HR projects, committees, or initiatives you can step into and lead?
The ongoing pandemic altered the reality of millions and redefined where and how work gets done. This elevated the importance of HR professionals within organizations as never before.
The most challenging shifts have related to changing core HR practices such as the remote onboarding of new employees, and the shift to virtual and development interventions rather than the more traditional face-to-face practices that employees were used to.
Additionally, organizations that are still recruiting new hires have had to refine assessment methods and techniques to embrace more online methods such as video-based interviews.
This remains an exciting time to be in HR for many reasons. You can take up new challenges that will provide you with the need for innovation, change, and personal growth.
2. Are there HR certifications, skills, or competencies you can build on during this time?
The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted organizations and caused human resources managers to think differently about their role as they adjust to social distancing practices and a new work environment that they may never have imagined.
Many companies have switched to remote work at a rate and scale they have never experienced. As face-to-face collaboration is replaced with e-mail and videoconferencing, HR managers have had to work under difficult circumstances.
With companies such as Twitter encouraging their employees to continue working from home even after the pandemic, working remotely is something that we will continue to see even after the coronavirus ends.
Therefore, the skills that are utilized during this time will likely continue to be built and developed. One of the strengths you possess as an HR professional is building relationships.
How do you continue to build those relationships as the nature of work and changes? What can you do to make sure that you remain a strong HR professional as you navigate your career?
Start by attending HR mentorship programs and gain practical skills and techniques you need to succeed as a well-rounded HR professional.
There are a lot of unknowns about what the world will look like post-coronavirus, but one thing is certain – life won’t return to how we once knew it.
A crisis like the one we are in provides the best opportunity to boost your value to your current organization and give you a valuable experience you would not otherwise attain.
Ultimately, your answers to these questions could well determine the trajectory of your HR career.
You do not need a big title to be a leader or make your mark.
Although David is seizing opportunities, developing himself, and thriving while at it, you may just be trying to do your job and keep your life together during these difficult times. This, therefore, might not be the right time to go above and beyond to take the necessary steps to grow your career. Therefore, do not beat yourself up.
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