No one will advocate for employees as well as the HR professional. This is one of the areas in which you can shine.
When employees are being treated poorly, open your mouth.
When an employee is being unnecessarily favored, open your mouth.
When a decision is being made by management that adversely affects an employee or a group of employees, step up and open your mouth.
All human resources professionals want to have the opportunity to sit at the table as a member of senior management. If you do, don't be like some of the others and shy away from advocating for employees because you think that you have to come across as a business person. It is your job to have the employees' backs. Be proud and stand up for them.
Why I voted Yes on the SLA name change A few years ago I was asked to speak at an Enterprise Information Management conference in San Francisco. It was very exciting, the first time I had been asked to speak somewhere. I was slated to speak on the second day, but after attending the first day of sessions I was very nervous...
Read Some Gawdawful Rubbish Like You Always Do Here's a tidy cover for this untidy sausage platter. Consider the potential evil of librarians (HT: Ann Bartow at Madisonian): And now, lifting the lid: If you speak three languages, you're trilingual; if you speak two languages, you're bilingual; if you speak only one language, you're an American, and "neurally disadvantaged" compared to much of the world...
Nothing About Us Without Us A fundamental tenet of the contemporary disability rights platform is "self-advocacy" -- letting people with disabilities speak for themselves, rather than having others speak for them...
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