Sunday, August 24, 2008 8:00 PM
This post is part of a series called Ignite Your Life. For background info on the series, please refer to previous posts on introducing the series and The 5 R's.
Whoever coined the phrase “Human Resources” should be shot. Ok, that’s a little extreme…but there is no worse term used in businesses today than “Human Resources”. In corporations, large and small, HR departments are in place to meet the needs of a workforce and help the business fill the need for a workforce. But to group employees under the heading of “resource” is, in my opinion, an insult.
Computers, machinery, supplies, materials, utilities…these are resources. But humans are not, and should never be considered, just resources. We’re complex beings, complete with emotions, hopes, dreams, fears, and goals. We have a personal life outside of our work which is typically considered something external to the demands of shareholders and management. In the business world dollar signs matter, not people. Now this is a sweeping generalization, and I’m sure there are many out there who will say their workplace is nothing like what I describe.
My point is that we as individuals have a choice: we can see people as resources, or we can see people as something more. We can learn to value the relationships people have to offer. Relationship goes deeper than a resource. Relationship means that we’re expending energy for the purpose of connecting with another person. Some people would see this as being a waste of time and energy; keep that energy to relationships that matter.
I propose that ALL our relationships matter. Every connection we can make has an impact somehow on our lives, whether directly or indirectly. In this part of the Ignite Your Life series, we’ll be looking at relationships and why you need them…regardless of what form they take.