Manager – Human Resources
Towell Mattress & Furniture Industry
Curious- a HR habit!
Its a very much required habit, obligatory trait for a forward-thinking HRP. But…, a doubt arise- Does this sound like a positive or a negative trait?
Let’s perceive it from a diverse angle- Inquisitiveness- that’s how simple it is…but the world always find it as nosiness, prying or entering into someone else’ reserved zone. Stand beside me and take a 3600 look at the same. But… this time from a different angle… isn’t it right to show your interest on everything where you belong to? Isn’t it necessary? Yes… that’s it…. Showing your interest in all the happenings, understanding the deep root cause of every single thing, meddling to get things right and to the next level and obviously questioning yourself and others around for betterment of the situation … is Curiosity.
Curiosity-…nonetheless is the interest for getting yourself involved in every single thing happening around or being just far-sighted. The word ‘interest’ may generate positivity…. But here, by only spreading positivity without knowing the depth doesn’t help you… The word- ‘curiosity’ has it all in every sense.
A HR professional has to be curious… should be acting as a sniffer, as many a’ things are to be sniffed out, as these doesn’t happen with an announcement. A HRP, to act as a strategic partner should be sniffing around to discover, to understand and analyze the surroundings and to see whether the things are moving in the right direction. You need to be involved in everything- right from knowing your people, product, process, industry, competitors, market trend, statutory changes, economy, global scenario, etc. etc.
Start from knowing your people- what brought them in, what keeps them in and also what gets them out when they walk off. These kind of tapping will sure shot keep you alert and act well before any awkward scenario arise. Lend your eyes to notice the happenings to avoid blind assumptions, lend your ears to what’s ringing around, b’coz this time everything will not be mere music to your ears! Need to be attentive, need to develop a detailing censoring persona- as lots of stuffs are rumored in the corridors, water/coffee corners and even at the work desk. Watch it considerately for motivating, correcting and improving and of course- NOT with a policing eye.
Things doesn’t happen all of a sudden… understand this element. It’s You– who didn’t notice it anytime, rather found it ONLY when the damage has already been made. So, wake-up and smell the coffee in time… so that… the entire day is yours!
Activate the sixth sense of sensing stuffs around- some may find you intriguing and some may find you interfering and also some may find you irritating… Doesn’t matter- Finally, you are not here to please everyone, make everyone happy. You are not here to be liked or loved. Your role has to be commended. And that happens only by providing a quality job. Know your job, your role and act wisely. This is something I learnt from my current boss. That’s why I say that you learn everything in bits and pieces from your seniors. And the professionalism, you portray- is a bouquet of traits, characteristics and features- you picked up knowingly or unknowingly from all your managers when you worked/ still working with them.
Curiosity advances you with much more clarity, uncover truths, experience freshness by killing your monotony and spice-up with arrays and varieties.
I reiterate- be professional, stay professional and sound professional when you are at your work, when you are in your role. Here… staying objective always- and that’s by keeping the organizational goal and vision on top of everything, will help you attain your personal goal too.
And, gradually… people around you will better understand that everything is carried out only with one motto- Organizational growth- and you work and walk with that- You grow with the organization! And that’s what ultimately matters!!!
Wearing your HR hat and adding this trait and making it a habit will allow you to lead the crowd. Now- start being curious… it opens up more possibilities and don’t ever stop asking questions! – Sounds unorthodox; but very effective!