Yes, you read that correct. YOU set the tone for your organization, your team, your department, your colleagues. And guess what? It doesn’t matter what role you are in!
We’ve all had to deal with “that guy/gal” Their rudeness is legendary. What do we do when confronted with this blaring example of all that is rude? Do you ignore it? Back down? Confront it with your own brand of snarkiness?
How you deal with that person is part of how your reputation evolves at a company. If you are in HR your reputation is critical.
Let me repeat that: If you are in HR your reputation is critical.
I can’t advise you how to behave or act in every situation or with every person but I can tell you that your actions as an HR professional in your organization set the tone.
Respond with your own brand of snarkiness? Looks like the HR group now has a reputation for being snarky and rude. Good luck getting employee’s talk to you. They no longer trust you.
Setting the tone trickles down the organization and back up. You can’t control other people but you can control how you react.
What type of organization do you want? Know that? Then act like it!