… the HR Minion. Because even minions have opinions. And giggles.

Why I confound my Hair dresser

First off, let me just say that I love my hair dresser. He is awesome, fun to be around, and does an amazing job. He is worth every penny plus a 20% tip. (BTW: people should always tip generously. If you utilize a service that expects tips that means the people rely on the tips as much as their salary, so don’t be stingy. We all have to earn a living here.)

Anyway, the reason I confound him is that unlike his other customers, every time I stop in I bring along HR related reading material, not gossip and fashion magazines.

Sample conversation:
Hair dresser: Here, have a seat and I’ll go mix the dye for your hair. Would you like a magazine to read?
Me: No, that’s okay. I have this article on Union relations here that I want to get through.
Hair dresser:(look of horror, quickly followed by eyes glazing over)

You see, I like to take every opportunity I can to keep up to date on all things HR. I love learning so when I get interested in something, I try to learn as much as I can. To illustrate, my Strength Finder traits are: Input (collecting), Learner (learning, duh), Intellection (thinking), Strategic (planning), and Context (history/past focus). For those who haven’t read it, I highly recommend the book, Now, Discover your Strengths. My profile couldn’t be more accurate.

I think it’s important that people take the initiative to improve and expand their knowledge, in every aspect of their life, not just professionally. I’m only two thesis reviews away from my Master’s degree (finally!) and I’m already prepping for the PHR Certification. There is so much information out there, some better than others admittedly, and our ability to access it is practically effortless. It seems like such a waste to not take advantage of it. Frankly, I much rather read about Unions than I would about Hollywood actors.

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