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Posted on: May 29, 2018

Top 4 Qualities of a Passionate HR Professional

As the region’s leading HR staffing and consulting firm we not only look for the best and most passionate HR professionals to place with our clients; we want to work with those professionals on improving their workplaces.  So, what does it look like to be a passionate HR professional?

The best professionals are enthusiastic about what they do with an infectious energy that makes their coworkers want to be better.  As HR professionals, you’re often setting the tone for the entire organization with both your actions and inactions.It is critical to recognize that HR professionals have a significant impact on the culture of any organization..

We’ve found that the most passionate and successful HR professionals possess these four traits.

What are the Top Four Qualities of a Passional HR Professional

  • Well-Rounded Individual
  • Not Afraid to Share New Thoughts and Ideas
  • Can Easily Communicate Your Knowledge to Others to Learn and Find
  • Employees Trust You

Do you share these traits or want to learn more about them? In the post below, we break down each attribute and provide tips to help you become the best HR professional possible.


Well-Rounded Individual

Most HR professionals strive to be engaged within their HR department but may forget that it is just as important to be active within cross-functional teams in your organization. How do you accomplish this? Create opportunities to learn from others with everything from formal groups to lunches. Beyond work, expose yourself to as many peers and possible mentors by becoming involved in professional organizations. Authentic passion comes from understanding, so make sure you never stop learning and apply your knowledge to become an excellent and well-rounded HR professional.

Not Afraid to Share New Thoughts and Ideas

Passionate HR professionals are always looking for both strategic and innovative ways to contribute value to their organization. It is crucial to have a holistic understanding of the business. That approach provides you with the ability to assess where your strengths add the most value. While your focus must be on addressing your job responsibilities, chances are you can add value in other areas in a respectful manner.

Can Easily Communicate Your Knowledge to Others to Learn and Find

HR is a wealth of information – whether that’s policies or institutional knowledge. It doesn’t make sense to keep information employees may be searching for to yourself or the HR department. As a passionate HR professional, you need to provide the appropriate access to employees and make sure they understand where to find information, such as employee handbooks, procedures, policies, and training material. Your communication on the topic should be clear, concise, but also complete.

Employees Trust You

The passionate HR professional knows that they carry with them the responsibility of the organization's values, so it is important to be both honest and honorable. If not, it’s not a place I, or most, would want to work. It should probably go without saying, but HR managers often know a lot of confidential information. If you have the reputation of being loose-lipped, your employees will lose faith and likely disengage with you and potentially the organization.

You (probably) got into HR because you are a “people person” and it’s a rewarding career. Don’t forget why you’re in HR, what you love about it, and let it shine! If you’re a passionate HR professional, we want to know who you are and what you love about this profession.

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