Regardless, I seem to be holding up pretty well; I’ve done all of the ‘extra’ studying I’m going to do in my profession, I follow a number of HR/Labor/Employment emails/BLOGS/newsletters on a regular basis, I’m about as informed as someone of my experience in the HR profession can be (probably a tad bit more so since I’ve had a number of experiences as a consultant/contractor that the average HR professional has not had) and I continue to utilize my HR training in my everyday life…it works about as well as it does in the workplace…which means, not always!
Between two (2) Presidential administrations that are more diverse than any in our nation’s history and the blatant partisan sentiment that permeates this country, there are so very many HR issues that are confusing: employment related health care, employment visas, FSLA (Federal Standard Labor Act) overtime laws (to whom do these now apply?), trade issues and not even detailing the effect the new tax law has on all of us, etc.
There have been a few periods since I began my business and since I started the BLOG that I’ve been ‘out of commission’…illness, family/personal issues/emergencies and other issues that have arisen that have certainly taken precedence and priority over what I write on these ‘pages’, however, I have always felt that one’s work environment needs to be ‘healthy’ and content with challenges…and, if not, then one needs other outlets in life that take the place of the contentment/challenge of, what I perceive to be a ‘necessary’ healthy work environment. I’ve written about these issues a number of times and I continually go back to them for, to me, happiness in what one ‘does’, is what it is all about.
I’ve certainly not always had the work happiness…as an employee or as a contractor…I could count on a few fingers the number of employers I’ve had that were overall honest, considerate, professional, caring and progressive…and I’m including a major pharma company in there as well as a small health care staffing organization…both of which would not meet the criteria of a ‘healthy’ work environment for me and many of their employees. However, with the pharma, we were all making lots of money so one tends to ‘dismiss’ the dishonest corruption that enveloped the organization (the Federal government didn’t but the fines imposed on the company were a drop in the bucket to the company…milliions, millions) and with the health care staffing organization, the work environment was so toxic that a number of us would call each other or personal email each other on Sunday evenings because we dreaded an interface with the seriously challenged owner on each respective Monday…