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Hindsight Is 20-20 Career Advice From Your Peers

June 1, 1998
Related Topics: The HR Profession, Your HR Career, Featured Article
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When asked "What was the smartest thing you ever did in the course of doing your job?," some respondents identified specific accomplishments. The majority, however, offered more general wisdom. Here's the wisdom shared most often; consider it priceless career advice:

  1. Stay visible to employees, and to the boss.
  2. Stand by your values.
  3. Make time for personal development.
  4. Unilaterally administer policies consistently—without exception.
  5. Think about what you would want from HR if you were the boss.
  6. Plan ahead.
  7. Document everything.
  8. Keep confidential matters confidential.
  9. Be respectful of everyone always.
  10. Be honest.
  11. Delegate!
  12. Read. Read. Read.
  13. Ignore the cynical people and maintain a positive, enthusiastic attitude.
  14. Surround yourself with good people.
  15. No matter what, laugh a lot.

Workforce, June 1998, Vol. 77, No. 6, p. 76.

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