I was reading a very touching and personal post from Onatrainagain last night – she mentioned that she was having some problems and I commented that perhaps she should try and look at things from a professional perspective. That is to say stand back and review the situation as if she were advising an employee or manager.
This has made me think – do we as HR professionals take time to stop and think about an issue or do we (and by we I mean me) plough on regardless in an attempt to resolve matters quickly or even to appear more experienced/clever/efficient/etc? Is it such a bad thing to say to a line manager – let me think on this and get back to you?
It is something I am trying to do more and more. I was/am worried that I would appear “weak” for want of a better word, but in fact I have been giving better advice and have been able to second guess myself with colleagues – again something that I would advice – if you have willing colleagues that is.
So tell me HR people, what is your top tip for handling the problems that our job can throw at us – and do you heed your own advice?