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Allison Gusmus

Career Resilience in An Ever-Evolving World

Resilience (noun): the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness; the ability to spring back into shape.

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of career resilience and how every single working person will have to show it at some point in their lives. Two years ago this week, at the age of 50, I left a job of 17 years—a job that I loved . . . and didn’t love.

If I had assigned it a Facebook relationship status, it would have been: “It’s complicated.”

Is Your HR Department The Police or A Partner?

Close your eyes and picture your current HR staff. Does your HR department function as a stra­tegic partner or as a police force? Do they spend their time addressing people who aren’t meeting the dreaded dress code, who can’t get along with others, or who are always late? Are they continually pushing to grab the seemingly unattainable “seat at the execu­tive table”?

Upholding the Psychological Employment Contract

Do you realize that every one of us has a psychological contract with our organization? The psychological contract is a concept that describes the understandings, beliefs, and commitments that exist between an employee and an employer. Although it is unwritten and intangible, it represents the mutual expectations that are felt between the two. The psychological contract is strengthened (or weakened) by each party’s perception of the employment relationship. It is formed through daily interactions between colleagues, managers, and the organization.

Should You Be An HR Leader?

Whether you are a salesperson or a CFO, you should be thinking about the people in your organization. You may think, “I’m in sales, why should I care about the people in my organization?” or “I’m the CFO, numbers are my thing, not people,” but you are dead wrong. It’s part of your job to think about your organization and its employees.