The One Gift I Wish I Could Get in HR for the Holidays!

The One Gift I Wish I Could Get in HR for the Holidays!

So, what would it be? If you could have one thing in HR for whatever holiday you celebrate this time of year, what would you ask for?

And don’t be lame, “Oh Tim, I would just ask for world peace and have Snapple bring back Compassion Berry” No you wouldn’t! Not if it was real, I mean really real!

I’m sure a bunch of HR Pros would ask for a new HRIS System. I mean that’s what we do during the holidays, we want the biggest baddest fastest new electronic device that will make our lives easier and make us look 10 pounds thinner!   Maybe just an add-on system like a new CRM, or employee referral automation, or mobile employee feedback app, they are all cool and hip!  Who wouldn’t like one of those!?

I’m sure a bunch of HR Pros would ask for the ability to Hire more HR staff!  What a gift that would be.  Not only for the people getting hired but for your overworked staff and hiring managers who have worked double and triple duty because your cheap boss won’t open up headcount.  HR never has the staff it wants!

I’m sure a bunch of HR Pros would ask for a new Employment Brand!  Oh to be as sexy as Google, or Facebook, or Tesla, wouldn’t that be a wonderful environment to work in HR. Life just seems easier when you work for a sexy brand. It isn’t actually but that’s what great branding does, it makes some idiot like me think it must be easy to work in a great place like that and they should hire me!

I’m sure a bunch of HR Pros would ask for better Talent for their organizations (which is technically way more than one gift but let’s face it, some of us HR Pros don’t follow directions well!). This is the freaking holy grail, right!  If we only had the top talent (instead of saying we only hire top talent, then hire those who respond to our posts) our lives would be so much easier!

There are so many things we could ask for in HR, but this is why I love HR, for all those gifts I listed above, and for so many more you and I could come up with. We work in a profession where we have the ability to deliver each and every one of those to our organizations. With enough time, patience, influence, strategy and luck, not one of those things I couldn’t give my organization.  Maybe that’s the best gift of all.

For the record, mine? It would be a ‘Visionary Leader’. That’s the one gift I would ask for.

Those are rare, those are hard to find. Not many of us ever get the opportunity to work with a true visionary. Great managers, strong leaders, charismatic personalities, yes; But a Visionary Leader, that is something few get the opportunity to experience. Think Steve Jobs, Sheryl Sanberg, Elon Musk, Oprah, Sergey Brin, Marissa Mayer, Larry Page, Bill Gates, etc.

What would be your One gift you want for HR this holiday season?