Human resource professionals are tasked with clearly and effectively communicating a company’s goals and core values. HR must internalize these core values and be able to inspire and uphold them. This is a difficult task in and of itself, but what if your purpose doesn’t line up with your company’s purpose?
In order to evaluate where you stand, it’s a good exercise to ask yourself a few important questions:
- What projects and assignments make you feel most fulfilled at work, and why?
- Is there a reason you dread to come to work?
- Are there any issues you find yourself faced with repeatedly?
Carefully observe your thoughts at work, and give these questions time and consideration.
Evaluate Where You Stand
Has your position undergone many changes as your company expands and grows? Perhaps a new CEO entered and shook up the company’s leadership and wants to implement new core values. Or, it could be that you feel stagnant and stuck in a position that cannot evolve.
If you feel bored in your position, try thinking outside of the box. Utlize new technologies and the increasingly global workforce to jumpstart your thinking. Let’s take this for example: are you in charge of hiring new talent? Recently, Recruiters LineUp began offering a search technology that considers your specifications (like location and industry) and matches you, for free, with the right recruiters. This is a way to outsource a task in a responsible and smart way (let the recruiters read the resumes and you do the final interviews)- that will save the company resources and allow you to allot your time to more meaningful work.
Do You Want To Grow?
Look around the company and try to identify positions or placements you think would improve your situation. It could be that a more managerial position would better align with your personal purpose. Speak to your boss and see what is your growth potential within the company, and if you can- establish a timeline.
No, Opposites Don’t Always Attract
Sometimes the best thing you can do is move forward. If your personal purpose is fundamentally different and at opposition with your company’s core values, or if you feel deeply unfilled and unhappy, what are you waiting for? The hardest step is speaking with yourself and understanding (as well as admitting) what you need to be truly happy and fulfilled at work. So what are you waiting for? Go out there and get it!
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