I See You...

Posted on May. 20, 2020  /   0

I See You...

To all of my HR professional colleagues, I applaud you.  During this period of COVID-19 that we are all experiencing, you are unsung heroes in this fight.  This is not to diminish the very important role that all of our first responders play in this pandemic.  Our doctors, nurses, emergency personnel, service workers, etc., are working tirelessly to meet our needs and care for our friends and family and deserve our appreciation and support.  But, you my dear friends and colleagues, are the silent heroes that quietly go about business behind the scenes.  Helping your organizations strategize to make difficult decisions, helping to ensure that essential works can go to work safely, strategizing ways to keep your business open and keep employees working, implementing policies to meet state and federal requirements of all businesses, keeping abreast of the financial assistance that may be available to your organization, taking on the terrible responsibility of furloughing or laying employees off when necessary, helping employees understand all of the flood of information that is being released daily with new updates, new requirements, changes to existing requirements, helping families affected by COVID-19, school closures, loss of employment etc. to access resources and help that is available, and on and on and on.  On top of all of that and more, all of this is happening at a time when you and your family may also be personally trying to deal with the impacts of COVID-19 to you and your family’s health and livelihood.  Yet you persevere to be the source of help for your employees and organizations.

I See You…

How are you?  What are you doing to manage and provide self-care at this critical time?  Who is checking in with you?  Are you making sure to maintain your connections with people that love and care about you?

Your own self-care is so important, especially now.  Our profession is based on helping and it is easy to forget ourselves or put our own needs on the back burner.  Now more than ever, make your needs a priority.  Maybe some of these ideas will help:

  • Take a walk, get outside and get some fresh air and fresh perspective
  • Un-plug – time away from the phone, email, social media, etc. can be very cleansing
  • Read something you enjoy either for personal/professional growth or a good novel
  • Send a handwritten letter to someone who is important to you and let them know the impact they have had on your life.
  • Plan ZOOM dates with friends and family
  • Take one day at a time, one project at a time, one decision at a time
  • Remind yourself that things will get better and surround yourself with positive reminders
  • Reach out to someone if you need to vent, chat, have a distraction or even run some work stuff by for clarification and support. We are all in this together and figuring out how to move forward with decisions that affect many people.

Thank you for the work you do.  Thank you for staying in the game and being a phenomenal resource for your employees and your organization.  Thank you for always giving more than your all.  Thank you for seeing your employees’ needs and helping wherever possible.  Thank you for quietly doing the work that is helping other employees be able to continue to do their work.  Thank you for helping your company make hard choices, even when they impact you.  Thank you for your dedication to this profession.  Thank you.  I See You.  I thank you with the most sincere gratitude and appreciation for you and all you do.

I See You.

Kim Ripley, 2020 SHRM Hawaii Legislative Co-Chair

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