I started my blog so I could make money. Not money from writing. I knew I sucked at writing. I started blogging so I could help get my name out there. I assumed that my blog would help me get more business for my staffing company.
It hasn’t exactly worked out like I hoped.
I don’t have HR people and executives beating down the door and asking me to recruit engineers, IT pros and such. (If you would like to change that, I’m always open to having a talk!) But I did get something out of this that I never expected: I have some fans.
Not a lot, but about once or twice a week I’ll get some great messages from people all over the world. Some will want to talk about a certain post. Many just say thanks. A few want advice.
Having a fan in your life is one of the greatest things ever. It’s a pretty cool feeling to have someone think so highly about what you do that they’ll send you a note just to tell you that you make a difference in their life. Having that happen on a weekly basis? Well, it is unbelievable.
HR has the ability to create fans in our organizations and beyond through honest, fair and consistent talent management practices. And we have the ability to be fans of the employees who we truly, sincerely enjoy.
Don’t just be a fan of everybody for the sake of being a naive cheerleader. Not everybody deserves fandom from you. I simply believe that you can truly become a fan of more people in your organization, and it would make their world so much better.
When we talk about the daily grind of HR and talent management, we miss the easiest ways to engage and motivate our ourselves and our employees. The great part about being a fan is that it’s easy and makes both sides feel great.
Being a fan — and becoming a fan — can be contagious in your organization. When employees see you becoming a fan of their co-workers, they become fans of HR. And employees start becoming fans of each other, too. It’s great to go to work every day when you know you have fans waiting for you!
I’m going to challenge you today. As talent advisors, go out and become a fan of someone who deserves a fan. Brag about that individual. Tell everybody why they should be fans, too.
And remember: a fan culture is a winning culture. And a winning culture allows you great leeway to do whatever you want with your talent management practices.
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