Curious- a HR habit!

Anita Simson

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!


Happy sniffing!

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Anita Simson

Manager – Human Resources

Towell Mattress & Furniture Industry



Why things don’t work my way, why it gets delayed beyond my patience? And, why things don’t turn out as I expected? To sum it up- Why, not my way?

These questions keep popping in everyone’s’ minds some day or the other. How much ever sober we must have evolved, these questions do keep popping out, when things don’t turn our way. Today, once again, these questions have busted in my  head. Yepp, by once again, I mean- whenever something doesn’t work for me, especially when I’ve worked my heart out, these doubts have to pop out.

And, today is that day. I thought I have changed- now such petty things don’t disturb me. I am completely doing justice to my role. And, by transforming myself to a HR professional, my thinking and beliefs have had a 360 degree shift. I think, speak and act as a HR professional, where things have been always carried out keeping the organizational goal on the top. And, to reinforce the said belief, I re-quote my current boss 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. Know your job, your role and act wisely”. [Taught me to be objective].

And, I tried to get into the same mold- that my boss has created for a HR professional. Understanding the fact, that the organization needs a strong administrator, I mounted myself in the space created by the organization and started changing the policies for betterment. As expected, encountered few resentments from the employees, the so-called colleagues for whom I was a harmless HR till yesterday. But, when I started questioning to all their nonsenses, they suddenly felt that I was bullying or taking advantage of the position.

Yet, I solaced myself saying that ‘You need to be bold, considering the job profile you chose- it is a dirt clearing job, but ain’t dirty!. So let’s do it and try to find some  exciting ways of doing it…

And then… I did it… I mean I nailed it…. Started by introducing with an Attendance system to create and maintain Time management and an accurate disciplined overtime computation system. I believe everything starts with a disciplined life. And, then grudges started pouring in, as people around here were not accustomed to be organized.

This day is quite frustrating, as after putting all the efforts to project the organizational goal on priority, I was diminished as a personal aggressor for the culprits. Today, as frustration is mounting up, I allow myself to reach the peak of frustration. Frustration, as they say, blocks all the possibilities of thinking and venturing the new promises. I don’t want to think about anything now and would like to stay here- at the ‘frustration zone’ for a while…

Now, I need to come back… wake up Anita… you can’t stay ‘there’ forever. The real world is calling me back… I need to come back like a phoenix bird… rising from the ashes. No… I’m not exaggerating… this is how I felt a little while ago. I recalled the motivational speech that gave a clear idea about frustration- how it grows, how it stays and how it ruins you. It was said that you, being the master should have control on all the emotional stuffs in you. Frustration will mount up ONLY and ONLY if you allow it to. Frustration will stay with you ONLY and ONLY with your permission. And, in no way, I like the company of frustration and I do not want to be a victim of frustration- I remember this every single time life turns its back on me.

A long read Zen story also comforted me…

“A senior monk and a junior monk were traveling together. At one point, they came to a river with a strong current. As the monks were preparing to cross the river, they saw a very young and beautiful woman also attempting to cross. The young woman asked if they could help her cross to the other side.

The two monks glanced at one another because they had taken vows not to touch a woman.

Then, without a word, the older monk picked up the woman, carried her across the river, placed her gently on the other side, and carried on his journey.

The younger monk couldn’t believe what had just happened. After rejoining his companion, he was speechless, and an hour passed without a word between them.

Two more hours passed, then three, finally the younger monk could contain himself any longer, and blurted out “As monks, we are not permitted a woman, how could you then carry that woman on your shoulders?”

The older monk looked at him and replied, “Brother, I set her down on the other side of the river, why are you still carrying her?”

I thought- holding onto resentments- the only person I am really hurting is myself. Why to do this?

Today- is that day ‘out of frustration day’… I call it this way… celebrate this. No- I am not rewarded for any of my doings. Don’t get me wrong. Nobody has ever realized that ‘there was a real mess yesterday’. And, after maturing to this stage, I don’t even expect this from anyone. Again, it’s my job to get me out of this. Let’s start afresh.

Obviously, lately but confidently, this time I have developed an aura of calling ‘spade a spade’ and could identify things in black n’ white. Evolving as a HR professional, this has become a second nature and on anything that crosses the path- an eye is lend to identify things lying in gray area. I have acquired this skill of balancing emotional  vs. intelligent quotient effort fully over a period of time. And, I am NOT going to give up this quality for a bargain.

You can’t- in fact, no one can pull me out of this. I have determined that I’ll continue to be a breathing HR. I do not want to take out any of my qualities just because the wrongdoers don’t agree to me.

Wearing the HR hat, I really care to preserve the most eminent and obligatory skill of seeing through things. The fact is to keep the Organizational objective on the top! I’m excited, I could do this, as this was not possible when I was an immature HR professional. Now, I understand- I could rather change the plan than the goal.

Today, I comprehend one more thing- there’s a reason for everything… what comes your way and what doesn’t… You need to figure out the right way out of it. And, to  my understanding, I realized one thing that any changes should be brought-in gradually and one need to prepare others to accept it. This is again, where you say  that you need to sell your concepts to others. It’s not that these points were overlooked, but were not paid detailed attention, considering the complicated and confused personalities around you.

Here, I speculate – I got the answer- Why, not my way? Ok… I guess it would be easier and smoother the next time.

What you guyz think and do when things don’t work your way? What does ‘frustration zone’ mean to you? Awaiting your response… place yourself in my HR boots…

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