Navigating Human Resources: Part 2

By: Tori (an HR major!)

“Human Resources isn’t a thing we do. It’s the thing that runs our business.”

If you read my previous blog post, you are well aware that human resources is what brings business and people together. But how do you know if this is a good career for you?

Back in the day (just a mere two years ago), I came into the Career & Internship Services office to take the Strong Interest Inventory assessment, which helps determine what occupations may be best for you based off of your interests. Human Resource Management (HRM) was in my top ten and it was during this time I began taking the possibility of majoring in Human Resource Management seriously. Fast forward to a few months ago, when I took the StrengthsQuest assessment to figure out what qualities I naturally excel in and can use to market myself. This is when I began seeing HRM in who I was and who I wanted to be.


Below are my top 5 strengths and how they relate to Human Resources:

My top strength is woo. This comes from my love of meeting new people and winning them over. I enjoy breaking the ice and making a connection with other people. While this has always been something that came naturally to me, I didn’t realize how much woo plays into the role of recruiter. One of my career goals after graduation is to become a company recruiter through which I can connect with college students, win them over for my company, and help them reach their goals.

My second strength is positivity. Those with positivity tend to have an enthusiasm that is contagious; they are upbeat and can get others excited about what they are going to do. My other area of interest in HR is training and development. If I want to get people on board with spending days, weeks, or months learning new skills and making new goals, I need to have a positive attitude and make it a fun experience for everyone.

My third strength is empathy, meaning I can sense the feelings of other people by imagining myself in their situation. Empathy is an important strength to have if you are going to be working with a diverse group of people. Through empathy, I can connect, relate, and understand others’ situations as their manager. Being able to put myself in the starting place of another person and work with them toward the next step is a valuable tool to have.

My fourth strength is includer. Someone who is an includer shows awareness of those who may feel left out and makes an effort to include them and accept them. Part of human resources is solidifying culture within a company. What do employees want? What makes them feel valued? How can we accomplish our goals and still provide a friendly, encouraging work environment? My strength of includer helps me value and view company culture on a different level than most and provides opportunities for me as a human resource manager.

My fifth strength is developer. As a developer, I recognize and cultivate the potential in others, and as a manager, I lead and navigate a group of people. Putting others in positions that empower them and make the business run smoothly is part of not only a manager’s job but also human resources. This strength helps me lead others into roles and opportunities they desire.

Come into the office and learn your strengths! Like me, they may help you visualize your future career and find what areas you can excel in!

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Positivity & Harmony: A Deadly Combination

By: Logan

In the Career and Internship Services office, we focus a lot on our strengths. This year I have looked into these strengths more than I have ever before. I think by looking at your own strengths it can not only help you by helping yourself see these strengths and apply them, but it can also help you by identifying your weaknesses. I also have found it helpful to look at the effects of two different strengths on every day situations. All of this information can be helpful in your knowledge of personal development.

Sometimes having certain strengths can make a situation more difficult. In my own experience I have had discrepancies because of where my strengths lie. Two of my highest strengths are harmony and positivity, and I am not complaining about this, but sometimes they can be troublesome. Since positivity is one of my top strengths, I strive for a positive environment. Being in a negative workplace or environment would be physically and emotionally draining for me. This is why I enjoy working here at Career & Internship Services and my job at a Golf Course, because they are overall positive work environments. For a brief period I was considering going into alcohol and drug counseling, because I find the subject of chemical dependency to be very fascinating. But with my knowledge of strengths I knew going into a job where the subject matter is mostly negative would probably not be ideal for me.

As I said earlier, harmony is also one of my top strengths. Now there is nothing wrong with harmony, but sometimes it can get in the way of things. Since I score high in harmony I prefer an environment where people get along and work together well. In the past I have worked in jobs where employees would bicker or talk behind each others backs, and I did not enjoy those situations. I am the type of person who tries to be nice to everyone, so when I was brought into these fights between coworkers I felt very uncomfortable and it made my experience there much more stressful. But having harmony can also be tough in other situations, such as confrontation. Since I like for everyone to be on good terms, I find it hard to confront people about big issues. I am not saying I completely abstain from confronting anyone, I just find it uncomfortable and try to avoid it if possible. This is why I would prefer to work in a workplace where there is positivity and harmony.

I think it is essential to know your owns strengths and weaknesses to see what kind of work environment you would prefer to work in. After I assessed my strengths I could see I would prefer to work in an environment that is positive and harmonious. If I had not looked into these strengths I may have made the mistake of going into a less positive job. Yes, the combination of positivity and harmony can be deadly, but it also allows me to create a positive and healthy environment for the other people I work with.

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No One Brings You Down: Positivity

By: Ashlee

Just this past weekend, my office put on an event involving over 150 people. Lots of details to keep in order! As these events usually go, there were a few unexpected twists to the evening that caught us momentarily off guard. When a handful of things went wrong, one after another, my co-worker started to lose her composure and fret about other possibilities that could happen. Using my positivity, I gave her a brief pep talk, and we went back to work. The evening turned out fabulously! My co-worker later came up to me when we were cleaning up to thank me for the mini pep talk.

List of Strengths; Positivity in green

I tend to go with the flow and not let the lingering details of a mishap bother me. I’m quick to smile and am constantly on the lookout for the positive side in any situation. These traits helped me out that evening in more ways than one. Why? Because I rely heavily on my strength of Positivity.

Think of the classic question: Is the glass half empty or is the glass half full? If one of your Top 5 Strengths is positivity, you’re seeing the glass half full. It’s a trait many people wish they could possess, according to the Gallup Business Journal. This positive energy draws people to be around you. A positive person’s enthusiasm is contagious. People want to join in with you because your passion drips off everything you care about. We all know somebody who never ceases to have a bad day, and you don’t know quite how they do it, but they always manage to make you feel better and pumped up about any project you’re working on.

I never like finding myself in a tense situation, especially with my co-workers or my family and friends. Whenever it happens, I tend to be the one trying to lighten the situation. I have Ellen DeGeneres to thank for that particular outlook in life. Ellen DeGeneres is one of those people who just radiates positivity. I don’t remember where she said it, but her words carried the following message: “No matter what the setback, one should never lose their sense of humor.” Negative energy is toxic, and no one should have to breathe it in. My positivity won’t allow the cynics to drag me down. If anything, those rejecting the positive energy only push me to work harder and strengthen my conviction.

Unfortunately, there are always going to be negative people in the world. Try to avoid those types if you can. Make friends with other positive types, and let them feed your energy, as you will in return. You might also find yourself needing to explain to others that you’re not being naive. You know that bad things will and can happen. We who possess the Positivity Strength simply prefer to focus on the good things. Pessimists might seem wiser; they might even sometimes be right — but they are rarely achievers (and, incidentally, optimists have more fun).

How can you put your positivity to use? Here are a few ways to put your ‘positivity’ into action:

  1. Anywhere you can highlight the positive is where you will excel. A teaching role, a marketing role, an entrepreneurial role, or a leadership role will put your positive outlook to great use. In fact, you might even get a little dramatic…but that’s what’s so contagious about your attitude.
  2. When others become discouraged or are reluctant to take risks, your attitude will provide the push to keep them moving. Over time, others will start to look to you for this “lift.”
  3. Deliberately help others see the things that are going well for them. You can keep their eyes on the positive.
  4. Arm yourself with good stories, jokes, and sayings because people will rely on you to help them get over above their daily frustrations.
  5. Plan activities for your friends and coworkers that will recognize their achievements or add a little fun to an ordinary workday.

If Positivity isn’t one of your top 5 strengths, don’t worry! You can still be a very positive person in life (you probably already knew that!) It’s good to understand the strengths of those who do possess Positivity as one of their top 5. By taking the time to understand your coworker or friends who never cease to find the silver lining to any situation, you will be better prepared to celebrate the successes and take the praise they offer in stride.

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