HR is everybody’s responsibility!

Well … maybe I should explain.

First of all, in saying that, I guess when it comes to HR or ‘Human Resources’, it depends on what your definition of that is. So what is it to you; payroll and benefits, making job descriptions, interviewing potential employees, staff evaluation, “coaching”, or what? Now I might be somewhat controversial in my thinking, but I think HR is much simpler, yet much more than that! HR isn’t a department and ‘Human Resources’ isn’t a title, and for me it’s not the clerical or administrative aspect either. Yes, someone has do those things, BUT, I think HR is all about how we interact with each other! I like the “Human” part of the phrase, but I’m not too fond of the “Resources” end of it!  The word Resources takes away from the personal closeness and identity of who your staff are. They are not ‘things’ that should be used up and shouldn’t be treated as such!

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As for the word “coaching” I’m not fond of that HR term either. To me coaching implies a correcting, a making something better on the assumption that it’s not good enough, maybe it even says ‘you are less (or incomplete) without my help’! And why is it that we tend to focus on fixing the 10% of what someone is not doing ‘right’, instead of celebrating the 90% of the work that’s being done correctly? Too much perfection and too much expectation? After all, when we were younger and in school a mark of 80% was considered as ‘A’ stuff! No one really talked about the 20% that you got wrong. Personally, I paid my kids for every ‘A’ they got. I rewarded them. Just saying!

So … what is HR for me? To me, it’s about building each other up. It’s about finding the good and the ‘gifting’ inside each of us. It’s about focusing on the positive things in life and not dwelling on the negative, or seeing the glass as half full and not half empty. This is not that easy, but I am convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that if we put half the energy we use into finding out all of the things we don’t like about someone or the way they’re doing things, into thanking, encouraging, and rewarding them for all that’s being done right, the other stuff might just correct itself! Or … take for instance, the multi Olympic Gold Medalist track star from Jamaica; Usain Bolt, as an athlete ‘Lightning Bolt’ is the world’s best sprinter winning multiple 100 m and 200 m races, so wouldn’t it be crazy to try and make him into a distance runner, running 5 and 10 km races? So let’s appreciate him for what he does well!

My conclusion: Let’s build each other up and not tear each other down. Let’s believe in all that we can be, not the things we aren’t. Let’s emphasize our strengths not our weaknesses. Let’s let each of us ‘self-evaluate’ our own weaknesses, and then take them to the Lord so he can turn them into strengths! And if you agree with that, and if you believe in my definition of HR or Human Resources, then HR is everyone’s responsibility!

The scriptures also reinforce this concept of edifying each other! See Hebrews 3:13, Psalms 133:1, Philippians 4:8, 1 Thessalonians 5:11, Ephesians 4:29, Romans 14:19, Romans 15:12, and 2 Corinthians 12:9.


Joe Miller – Executive Director

Joe Miller is the Executive Director for Souls Harbour Rescue Mission. After working in the manufacturing industry for many years, he felt called to move from 'building things' to 'building people.' He has a passion to see the people that walk through the Mission's doors, get the help they need; whatever their situation may be. He enjoys fishing and the outdoors and often finds God in the stillness of nature. He writes here his thoughts on poverty, society, faith, and his reflections on life.