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Human Resources stands at a fascinating juncture. As a profession, most of us are now heavily involved in large-scale technology adoption, becoming swept up with the possibilities that social media creates for collaboration and communication, and increasingly in a position in which we have the agency and credibility to consider what the HR practice of the future should look like.
I believe that the way forward is through an exploration of the intersections and overlap between HR and other professions, methodologies and fields of study. I’ll be writing about how HR might absorb and adapt ideas and approaches from Organizational and Social theory, Project Management, Anthropology, Business Process Management, Marketing and even Neuroscience. Toss in a healthy dose of technology and social media, and a splash of tea, and that about covers it…
**Important disclaimer: the opinions and thoughts expressed on this blog are my own personal opinions, and are not meant to represent or reflect the views or practices of my employer in any way**
I’m a senior HR Practitioner based in Toronto, where I work on programs and projects related to employee relations, recruiting, performance management, organizational development, and engagement. My HR career has taken me into a variety of industries over the last 10 years, including financial services, public sector, design, hospitality, non-profit and food processing, during which time I have at least dabbled in virtually all functions within HR.
The one constant is that people in organizations are fascinating creatures, and the way in which we recruit, train, support and manage the people in our organizations is a topic that I’ll never get tired of thinking about…especially about how we can do it better. I am heavily involved in my professional community, both online and on the ground. I’m a volunteer, mentor, protege, student, tweeter, prolific tea drinker and I kick ass at crossword puzzles.
I’d like to think that my educational background has prepared me well to tackle writing about such wide ranging topics as those outlined above. I have a degree in Anthropology, a certificate in Human Resources Management, a CHRP designation and have recently pursued coursework in Business Process Management, eLearning Development and Design and Organizational Analysis.
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