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Readers Respond: When Is Leaving Human Resource Management the Answer?

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Every Human Resource Management career has its ups and downs. As long as the ups outnumber the downs, most people are happy in their Human Resource Management career. In fact, they can look at life in Human Resource Management with some humor: You know you're in HR when... Sometimes, though, something changes. Whether it’s your sense of humor, your interest and commitment, your organization, your life choices, or your career progress, you may reach a point where you want to leave Human Resource Management. What would make you consider leaving Human Resource Management?

More reader responses.

Leaving HR

I've been in HR for a decade and I'm finally ready to leave. The constant complaining, from the employees and the unrealistic expectations from the CEO are too stressful. Expecting and demanding more from me without a budget and constantly expecting more and more....the employees and management are so out of touch it's like they work in two separate companies. The SR Managers aren't respected, just tolerated, yet they see the employees as the help and literally call them that to me! It's been ten long years of ups and downs, the downs are just outweighing the ups. I love helping people and being able to provide a top notch service to my staff, but I'm just tired of always being the one that has to manage everyone. Even when they have managers, I'm responsible for them and what they do. Time to go.
—Guest On my way out

Still Kicking after Almost 30 Years

I think to myself that these complaints are all of the reasons that I got into HR - to make a difference. We all have had bad bosses, what can we do to make them better? If it is bad at your company, maybe HR in a new company would be better. Leaving or staying in the HR field is a personal choice that each of us must make. I love the diversity of directing a midsize company's HR department. With payroll, benefits, employee relations, recruiting, training, etc..., never a dull moment. I look at each setback as a new challenge I want to resolve and always tackle head on. Some may not respect HR or even have an appreciation for what we do; those people are my personal challenge. I believe that I will prevail in enough challenges to continue making my career choice worthwhile. When there are more days on which I would rather be anywhere but HR, I may re-think. But when there are daysthat I go home with a warm and fuzzy feeling of knowing that you made a difference today. Yeah, I am staying for a while… (Bravo!!! says Susan.)
—Guest Don't want to leave -Atlanta

Its time to leave HR when......

You have been in the field for over 30 years and your current employer does not treat you as someone knowledgeable, policies are followed for some and not others, your advice against hiring or promoting someone is ignored and when problems develop later, it's your fault, when it isn't fun anymore and you get up each morning thinking "another day in paradise" and your heart is not in the job.
—Guest Sandy

When You Do Not Know Your Passion!

I thought that I had a passion for people and I still think I do, but I started to specialize in Labour relations after studying law. Initially I had much difficulty in laying people off and dismissing, but these days it is second nature and many times I feel or show no emotion for that party. This is a problem, because you become a monster and unpopular and experience no job satisfaction. I must leave HR asap, but I am not sure what career path to pursue:-(
—Guest Confused and unhappy...

Leaving Human Resources Management

Thanks, Susan Heathfield, my reasons which can lead me to leave HR, are the employee's rude voices, corruption among employees and delivering wrong information.
—Guest kabagarama Mary

When You Are Being Hindered

It may be time to leave HR when you are being hindered from doing your work, recruitment is partial (it's through the back door), the organization applies policy with some employees and ignores it when it comes to others. Then, there is no fulfillment practising the profession.
—Guest Lola

When Management Confidence Is Lost

I strongly believe that top management of most organizations does not yet sufficiently appreciate the enormity and complexities of HR responsibilities and contributions. For one to continue with an HR career, one requires supportive dispositions of top management and recognition and appreciation. Any time this is lacking, one should say bye to the career and look for something else.
—Guest Johnny C. O

I Lost the Love

I feel much like Kelly and John - the reason for my interest in HR was to coach and guide people to be the best they can be; at all levels of the organization. However, my counterparts in HR kept telling me that HR wasn't about the people - it was about the business. I'm confused."What is a business without it's people?" My philosophy is obviously much different and I realize I'm not a fit in the HR world of today. I care about people feeling valued. I believe businesses should walk the talk and I just don't see that happening - it is disappointing for me...
—Guest Kellie

When Your Contribution Is Not Appeciated

I think it is time for you to leave, when your contribution to the organization, the people and the product are not valued/ appreciated. This is symbolic that your presence is no longer valid and all you have done/ going to do are not significant anymore. We, as HR practitioners, always motivate others and appreciate others for better achievement and dynamics. But, as HR practioners, we, too, are human beings who need to be motivated and appreciated. What do you think?

It's Time to Leave HR

I realize after being in the HR field for more than 10 years that it is time for me to leave and I am finding that this is not an easy task. I love the coaching/counseling aspect of HR and I am great at it. However, when you are wearing an HR Hat, you have to be more objective. My personality is really not an ideal fit for HR; developing people and addressing issues is my strength. I'd rather tackle this head on as a manager than have to straddle the fence. HR will provide me a strong foundation to be successful in my next career. I'm grateful for HR but it's time for be to go! :-)
—Guest Kelly

Here's My List of Reasons to Leave HR

When you wake up in the morning and realize it's not fun/enjoyable anymore. When you come in the office and think to yourself, "The first person that complains..." When you realize that you can no longer be objective, impartial and humane. When you get enjoyment out of other people's pain. When you enjoy being known as the office "b*tch"! When letting someone go no longer makes you feel remorseful (no matter what the reason).
—Guest Sasha M.

Disappointed in Humans

It's time to go when the sound of coworkers' voices and the sight of their faces makes you want to go postal and tell them where to go. Not feeling like you want to be helpful and being overwhelmed with disappointment with regards to the humans you're in contact with.
—Guest Guest

Stay With Passion and Goals

I think it's time to leave something when your goal for entering it in the first place has been satisfied. I know that when I started having an interest in HR matters, there was far less of the "regulations" than there are today. I have never had much interest in compensation and benefits, but there are some that love that. My interest has always been in the "human" issues, and while the face of HR has changed a bit over the years, all fields evolve, and we must evolve with them... When that desire to be the best in your craft is gone, that is usually a good sign that it is time to seek something you have passion for.
—Guest HR John

Left HR - Came Back

I think it is time to leave HR when your patience has worn so thin that you want to tell people exactly what you are thinking when they come to you rather then helping them work through their issue. It's time when you are sick and tired of people not wanting to play nicely together in the sand pit and just have general respect for each other and use common sense. I had left HR previously for that reason, had a few years break and came back again. I am glad I have returned as I feel I can still contribute to my organisation. In fact, if anything, my three years out of HR, just being an employee, not even a manager, has helped my perspective on my return to the HR profession. From "Not quite there yet."
—Guest Not Quite There Yet...
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