We’ve all heard the joke, haven’t we? You know the one? The one about Human Resources being neither human nor resourceful? Yeah, that one.
Now that I’ve got your attention with a bit of humour (yes, us HR folk are capable of humour), let’s talk hard HR. It won’t take long, promise.
Hard HR might sound like the latest martial arts-based fitness fad, granted. It’s actually the term used to describe a more formal, corporate, making-sure-all-the-boxes-are-ticked style of Human Resources. The only type of HR I’ve ever known, being wrapped up in policy and procedure 24/7 meant that it quickly became my comfort zone.
Cue S3 Advertising.
Having left my previous company for pastures new at S3, I found myself at an agency where the notion of a specific HR function was non-existent. Don’t get me wrong, I couldn’t wait to get my teeth stuck into a new challenge. But at the same time, I knew it was going to be very far removed from the hard HR I was used to.
Simply put, S3 were going to pull me out of my comfort zone and drop me headfirst into the lion’s den. I did wonder how HR would fit into the agency, not to mention how an HR employee would be perceived. Sure, there have been the comments about being on best behaviour now HR is here, or asking whether something so risqué can be said say that in front of HR. But it’s all in jest.
At S3, I’m putting the human into HR.
Welcomed from day one, I’m making a difference, made to feel as though my job is just as important as the CEO’s. Engaged, passionate and loyal to the agency, S3’s staff members make my job a lot easier.
Don’t get me wrong, I still have to send those not-so-gentle reminder emails chasing paperwork, but it’s all well received. Why? Because we all share the same goal: to make the agency bigger and better. And then, whereas other companies would be happy to rest on their laurels, we keep on going just for good measure.
HR is now so much more than just a compliance, a soulless monitoring function. It’s an intrinsic part of enabling team involvement, assisting the company fulfilling what HR should be: a function to help the agency achieve, strive to be the best it can be, aiming higher and higher.
At S3, even HR gets the opportunity to be bold. And rightly so.