HR Should Be Making People Uncomfortable

Are you doing something everyday that makes you uncomfortable? You should, you must, says Kelly Poulson, VP of coaching & development at Allen & Gerritsen.

And why? Because, she told a Phildaelphia DisruptHR audience a few months ago, “If you are comfortable, you are not learning.”

With a slide of faces up on the screen behind her, Poulson said, “This is the C-suite where I work. If I am pushing those people to think differently about the employee experience… and making them feel uncomfortable, that’s a win.”

Don’t interpret as thinking Poulson wants HR people to be outrageous or rebellious. Not at all, listen to her 5 minute presentation and you’ll be inspired to push, even a little, out of your comfortable zone to be innovative.

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As she says, “Take a look in the mirror. Are you doing something everyday that pushes your own boundaries a little bit?”

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