May the Force (Of HR) Be With You

If you follow my twitter account, you will know that I had never seen a Star Wars movie and still haven’t seen any of the Star Trek movies. I also thought they were the same thing until I was about 16, but that’s not here nor there. There will be spoilers if you’ve never seen this movie. 

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So I watched Star Wars New Hope on a beautiful Saturday afternoon for the sake of my HRTribe … I’m sorry ya’ll. It’s a good movie, but it doesn’t motivate me to watch the others. I, of course, got to thinking about HR and how to relate the two.

Motivation is tricky, it’s something you can gain from yourself, but also something others can provide you with in certain circumstances. I’ve had some of the best managers from a operations side, but they were horrible in the people perspective. They had the back office paperwork done, the inventory orders in sync, counts were immaculate, but they couldn’t train an employee or empathize with them, which is important for our field.

Han Solo, mainly my favorite character because he’s played by Harrison Ford, reminded me a lot of a manager that runs to the beat of his or her own drum. Managers that feel they know whats best for their team. As HR, we need to allow our managers the power and encouragement to lead their team, but they need to have a respect for the HR department, so they don’t make outrageous changes, without discussing the information first.

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C3P0 and R2-D2 are a prime example of why HR needs to make sure we are helping our teams stay together and choosing quality new hires that fit into the current culture in our company. Sidenote: Was I really supposed to believe that R2-D2 was rolling across that sand?? Really? lol. However, I love the team work these 2 bring to the movie, for the most part, they stuck together even when C3P0 didn’t know exactly what mission R2-D2 was sent on.

Related imageI also loved Princess Leia, she put me in the mind of the HR department. Mainly because we have all the answers and we often give our managers and executives a lot of wit.

Overall, I thought the movie was good, I don’t feel much motivation to watch the others, except for the fact that I want to see how Darth Vadar “Luke I am your father” comes about. Also how the love triangle between Luke, Princess Leia, and Holo Sans plays out. Oh, and I want to see Yoda. This post does incorporate some HR, but it is also a reminder for all of those that have never seen Star Wars, I did it so you don’t have to lol!

Until Next Time …

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