What does a job change, a closing gate, and an HR blog have in common? For me, they serve as three points of interest along my 2014 journey. This is the story of how I joined this blog and, for me, an overview of what happens when performance creates you!
A Closing Gate
I was comfortable in my job in January of this year. I worked closely with company owners and enjoyed a level of trust built on almost 18-years of tenure. I was in a routine and, as mentioned above, enjoyed the comfort that this day-in/day-out provided. What I didn’t realize then…..a time of change was coming. The gate was closing.
By mid-June, the comfort disappeared as an announcement was made of a pending sale of the company. Ironically, the announcement came five days after my 18th anniversary. Would it not have been a bit of irony if this announcement came a mere five days prior? Actually, forget irony because my world was turned upside down as I was faced with the unknown.
As with most of us when faced with the unknown, I was the center of my universe. I wanted to know what would happen to me. I asked myself:
- What will I do now?
- What do I want to do now?
- What does this mean for me?
- What if I can’t find a job making the same as I am now?
- What if…what might…will I….can I….maybe…but what can I…. (You get the idea.)
In the end, circumstances reminded me of something very important: Unexpected change forces us outside of our comfort zones and makes us grow. My work didn’t carry weight of knowing I made an impact anymore.
Let’s be realistic – I didn’t feel like I made a difference.
I made a decision to see it through to the end. I also wanted to see what might happen with the new company. My blogging journey had created a great online HR network and I privately reached out to several contacts as part of my goal to discover what I wanted to do for this next chapter.
It was during this time that I also reached out to other fans of Doctor Who. One, in particular, is the host of the long-running podcast, Doctor Who Podshock. Since then, I have been on (most) weekly episodes of Doctor Who Podshock each week since August.
An HR Blog
Performance I Create entered the picture at just the right time. Writing for a group blog was something that I wanted to do and #PICHR appeared to be a good fit. I liked the blog’s premise and enjoyed the content. The most important factor – the bloggers were genuinely nice people and this was impressive.
I am happy to move past the designation of guest and join the ranks as an official Performance I Create blogger. I’m honored to be at the party and hope to bring insight into the world of HR in Mississippi and beyond.
A JOB CHANGE
Remember my decision to wait and see? Well, that decision paid off. I am part of an HR department and no longer a department-of-one. My role of Corporate Recruiter will allow me to focus on one area of HR. I’m working for a company that is customer focused. (Better yet, customer inspired!) It’s a culture of ethics that places the customer first.
Oh, and one more thing…
To date, I am happier than I have been in years!
I’m making a difference again.