This is a really good question and the answer is, that it depends.  We certainly feel HR can be an unhealthy profession.  All HR professionals want to serve others and their differing positions or needs.  Typically, HR is put in the position of not being able to make everyone happy, which results in constant conflict much of the time.  The HR professional always seems to have a daily, unexpected crisis to deal with as nothing ever goes as planned. Steve notes that he was never able to get a big project, requiring dedicated time done in the office, and found himself doing those projects at home on weekends. Kelly has struggled to find the right balance of having her bucket full, but not overflowing. 

Many jobs are stressful, but none more than HR, especially the past 18 months. Always remember these things: 

  1. HR certainly can be an unhealthy profession.
  2. We must discipline ourselves to block time to focus on what is truly important.
  3. We must find time to relax, whether that is reading a book, taking a long walk, or whatever other activity works for you.
  4. We must find time and discipline ourselves to sleep.
  5. Make and organize lists and then get them done. (Kelly mentioned that she uses an app called Notability, from Apple, to help keep herself organized). 

Let’s face it, there is going to be stress in our lives.  We can’t control all the things that happen at work or in life, however, we can control how we respond and our attitude towards it.  Thanks for listening to Survive HR!


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Steve Nail is currently the Dean, College of Business, at Anderson University. He is a labor and employment attorney who began his career with the National Labor Relations Board. Thereafter, he served as Assistant General Counsel for Michelin, including two stints in France, where he worked on the structuring of the European Economic Community and served in the HR and Legal Departments. Later he served as the Vice President of Labor and Employee Relations before moving on to Hubbell where he served as the Vice President of Human Resources. Steve was appointed by Governor Nikki Haley to serve on the SC Healthcare Planning Committee and was reappointed by Governor McMaster in 2018. Steve was named the 2012 South Carolina HR Professional of the Year and awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016, by the Greenville SHRM chapter. He is a frequent speaker, a published author, and mentor to many in the HR profession. He often coaches individuals and consults organizations on strategic matters. He is a Register Corporate Coach, certified by the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches and holds SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications.