Is there any such thing as a typical HR or a typical L&D job? Probably not as organisations, and teams, are so different in their size, structure and makeup.
I love my job but suspect it is highly atypical. I am a compliance training manager in a Quality dept. at a manufacturing site. My job involves a huge variety of things. I was told to make it what I wanted when I was appointed and have taken my boss at his word. (Due to restructuring I have had 3 bosses in the 2 years I have been there.)
I love my job because of the variety of work and because the people I work with are great.
This week I have:
- facilitated e learning courses and have been checking out new potential approaches for future mandatory training.
- been helping loads of people with the "development" aspects of their pdp, working in areas such as Quality, warehouse, blends and manufacturing at managerial and operational levels, so I have had to be researching lots.
- been assisting with the investigation of an incident (which may lead to disciplinary procedures depending upon the outcome.) I was note taker and "conscience" of the meetings held.
- Coached a new team who will be an interface between operations and policy managers
- Launched a pilot trial of a new course that I developed and started gathering the feedback
- Formalised my own team's performance objectives for the year and their development plans
- Been working on a presentation to help me communicate the initiatives I am hoping to deliver
- Been talking to lots of staff about how best to tweak our procedures in the light of our new structures
- Been talking to chosen individuals about communications around my work for this year
- Been assisting a new HR staff member to understand where we are with something she will work on (review of site job descriptions - which I worked on 2 years ago when I was new)
- Been setting up a "shadowing" opportunity for myself, to spend some time with a really good factory shift manager in April. This will help me with something I currently struggle with, which is communicating with our shift managers. I need to fully understand their diarised day and the pressures they work with so I can see how I can provide info in a way that they can use it immediately.
- been assisting another dept director to manage his dept team's training plans
- had my own 1:1 meeting with my new boss
- launched our new "course feedback" forms that my team have developed
- learnt to use our new time management system
- chased IT about a couple of outstanding issues
- agreed to assist in the programme of the site "GEMBAS with a purpose" (they are kind of low level in house quality audits) as well as the auditing programme
I'm sure there was more as well, but every week is different for me. This keeps me interested and coming back for more!
Having done all that I'm off partying this weekend, hurrah.
So do you love your job, and if so, why?
I'm really looking forward to hearing what everyone else does :)