I woke up, this morning, to a snowy surprise. I had planned for a nice outdoor 5-mike run, but Mother Nature had other plans. She’s been funny in the early spring. From Minneapolis to Indianapolis, the Midwest has been experiencing more April snow showers than rain showers. Given the probable icy conditions, I headed to the community park center to complete my miles at the indoor track. Based on my eavesdropping of a group of walkers, I know that I will never be able to get away from work and HR.
I run as a way to work through issues. After a particularly taxing previous day, I was looking forward to clearing the mind and mentally preparing for another potentially grueling day. As I ticked off my 40 laps, I would pass a group of 8 walkers and I couldn’t help but overhear their conversations. They were discussing a myriad of workplace topics, from sexual harassment training to PTO policies. Just as I was looking to put some work conversations away for just an hour, I found myself wanting to slow down and join the conversation. As I completed my laps, I worked through their issues in my head and I wanted to ask more questions.
I’m finding it harder and harder to escape workplace conversations. They are everywhere and it makes sense. We spend a majority of our lives doing some sort of work. Whether it was time spent in school for 8 eight hours a day or the last 20 years working a job at 45 hours a week, it’s only natural that our conversations would revolve around what we experience the most.
As I contemplate the next phase in my life and what my future work and retirement would look like, I realize that I will never be able to get away from HR. Whether I’m the owner/operator of Huddy’s Hotcakes or the barista at a beach town café, I will always be surrounded by workplace conversations. People will talk about their day, the interactions with co-workers, and inevitably about their frustrations with HR. Ok, I just made that up, but it seems to be a popular topic.
For me, HR is everywhere. I see it in books, magazines, and billboards. From movies, tv shows, and sporting events, I always find an HR angle. From coffee shops to saloons, the HR conversations are all around. Or maybe I just need a long vacation on a deserted island. Either scenario is true.