Colleen Dutton, SPHR
Director Employee Relations & Talent Management at Rice Univeristy
The best advice ever for me was being told that “your job is not to know it all; your job is to know how to figure it out.”
If you trust your own abilities it takes the pressure off feeling like you have to be an expert in everything that crosses your desk.
HR Director, Office Depot
Here’s my favorite: It all pays the same. We all want to do influential strategic work in HR, but you can never forget how important it is to roll up your sleeves, learn your customers business, and exceed their expectations — no matter how menial the task.
Genena Woodson, SPHR
Director, Diversity & Inclusion at CoreLogic
Learned this one the hard way: Partnership is KEY in helping to influence leadership. Take into the room your other HR partners, and go in as team! Also, “piloting” is not such a bad idea. Seek out your senior leader advocates, gain their support, roll out a program in their business unit, make it the BEST thing since sliced bread, and the rest of the leaders will become jealous and want what the other leader has. That’s how to win others over!
Jamie Chambers, SPHR
Vice President, Human Resources at Campus Living Villages
Be a decision-maker. Others in the business get frustrated when HR cannot make a decision. Do the research, analyze the data, make a decision and move forward.