I am Not Your Typical HR I am Not Your Typical HR
Catherine Chumi

Catherine Chumi

06 Aug 2021

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The back story to this series is when I was having a conversation with my OBS and he genuinely asked what I do professionally. When I said that I was a Human Resource Professional the conversation took a whole different momentum, he was a quite uneasy with the human resource practice and said that the department does not really add value to an organisation.

At this point, I took a step back and asked myself what are the expectations from the human resource professionals? My thoughts are based on developing the right culture and value.

HR professional should be keen in creating the right culture and working environment that engages and develops employees. It goes from how departments start their week, how feedback is communicated, how progress is tracked to name a few. We are talking about the daily life of an employee in an organisation, what are the employees looking forward to? Do they enjoy coming to work? Are they motivated? Do they feel connected? Are they positively challenged? Are they clear on their roles? Are they excited about the future? Are they excited about their careers and their roles? All these questions answered, it eventually creates the culture of the organisation.

I believe as a HR personnel, I am expected to have my way around the organisation. I am supposed to be the right-hand person of the director, sharing insights on the right ways to address employees through creating the right policies. I am also a handler of managers, giving them momentum through managing employee’s performance and most importantly the go to guy for all employees by creating a safe space for personal, professional and career growth for employees.

I am in this space where I challenge myself to always have the right mindset towards passionately serving the organisation and its employees by creating a positive alignment between the same and now I challenger my fellow HR professionals the same. Let us invest towards creating a more positive perception of our industry, let us be more impactful, let us be more engaging, let us create more connections.

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Catherine Chumi
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Catherine Chumi

Passionate about positively engaging human capital in the workplace.

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