Stuck In An HR Role You Hate? Here Are 4 Ways To Benefit From It.

by Alan Collins

Are you stuck in an HR role you hate? 

Bored with your work? Have clients you dislike?

Not getting along with your HR colleagues or the boss?

Not feeling the “love” from the organization that pays you?

We’ve all been there.

It’s not your fault. However, nothing keeps you from maximizing the experience until you transition into a better situation.

With that in mind, from my own experience, here are 4 helpful lessons you can  learn from that HR job you despise.

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You learn that RESILIENCE
is a valuable skill.

Unless your mental or physical health is suffering, you learn how NOT to give up at the first sign of trouble.

Persevering through toxic and challenging situations allows you to discover just what you’re capable of achieving and that you can handle more a lot more than you thought you could.

Even in HR positions you love, you’re still going to have to deal with tough people and workplace situations. So, that job you hate is a good training ground.

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You learn how to look

Whether that bright side are those free, delicious, catered lunches or that HR project that actually seems tolerable, you’re learning how to tune out the negative and place more emphasis on the positive.

Trust me—that ability to avoid letting negativity consume you in favor of making the most of the cards you’re dealt, is a skill that will benefit you for the rest of your career in HR.

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You learn that your work
doesn’t DEFINE YOU.

This can be hard to remember if most of your waking hours are consumed by doing fantastic work.

A bad HR gig can force you to spend more time on things away from work that bring a smile to your face, whether that’s spending time with family, friends, playing tennis, golf or learning pottery.

It’s your life, nothing wrong with a little more balance and making the most of it!

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You learn there’s VALUE
in every experience. 

There’s at least one key thing that hated job is giving you: The knowledge of what you absolutely do NOT want in your next gig.

Don’t sell this short! Sometimes knowing what you DON’T want can be even more valuable and helpful than determining what you DO want.

So, use that knowledge to help you avoid winding up in that same situation again.

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There you have it.

Four takeaways you can gain from that HR job you loathe.

Hope you’ve found these helpful.


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