‘Tis the Season for Giving Free Advice

Effective Human Resources professionals know how to build strong relationships at all levels within their companies.  Sometimes this can be challenging.  Here’s a holiday season tip for success:  try doing something for nothing.

I’ll be honest: as an independent HR consultant, I’m always looking for new business opportunities and ways to help companies with their Human Resources programs. It’s my living.

But sometimes my colleagues need quick advice on how to handle a situation, or need a sounding board.  It can be tough being an HR person in a corporation (I’ve been there), and I enjoy helping.

I don’t get paid for this kind of help because it’s not part of a formal consulting engagement. But I don’t care.  I get something out of helping another HR person and it may lead to business down the line.

But that’s not the point.  It’s about the reward that is inherent in being of service to other people.

Sometimes you just have to give something for nothing because it’s the right thing to do. To me, that means helping out without expecting anything in return.

Here’s another tip:  do this with your colleagues.  Knowledgeable HR professionals who freely help others in their organizations build better and more solid relationships.  What’s in it for you, you ask?

You become an important “go to” resource. Even better, you may begin to notice how you your job gets easier when you can work things out with your colleagues outside of the official track because you’ve formed a more personal connection based on mutual support.

I sincerely hope 2010 has been a good year for one and all, and here’s wishing you a happy holiday and a prosperous 2011!

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  1. Making a meaningful connection and contribution is indeed its own reward! Thanks for the reminder, John!

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