Human Resource Professional Day 2019 | Spotlight: Tessa Brown

September 26 is #HumanResourceProfessionalDay. 

Every day, HR professionals positively impact the lives of employees in workplaces around the world and contribute to the business strategy that allows their organizations to compete, grow and thrive. 

We asked our bloggers to share their HR stories.


I am so proud that I made the choice for a career in HR. I truly believe that we can be the social force for enriching people’s lives. I am so fortunate to be able to do it every day. Happy National HR Professionals Day!

Why did you choose a career in HR?

Once I graduated and entered the corporate world, I started to learn more about HR and its role in business. It seemed perfect for me. It’s the heartbeat of an organization. A link between employer and employee; an ambassador for potential employees and new hires; an advocate with an eye for detail and compliance; a promoter of company culture. All things that I love. 

What has been the most rewarding part of your HR career?

The most rewarding part has been the people. There are so many high points, like hearing the genuine joy when informing a candidate that they landed the job. Working with benefits and helping a parent to resolve an issue that will help them to get care for their sick child. Partnering with leaders to implement programs that positively impact lives.  There can even be satisfaction during the low points, knowing that you have brought resolution to a volatile situation.

Why would you recommend a career in HR to students or those looking to transfer into the HR profession from another field?

We are well beyond the administrative paper-pusher days of old. The 21st century HR professional is a good fit for so many. Lovers of tech, analytics, training, and so much more can find fulfillment in HR.

What advice can you share with others who are planning a career in HR?

Only enter HR if you can be committed to positive progressive results with integrity. Jaded naysayers are not welcome here. Your work affects your organization, your staff and your community. You make a difference!



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