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The Holidays: People or Process?

It’s hard to believe another year has blitzed by and here we are, already half way through December. The CUPA-HR National Office was adorned with a festive tree a few weeks ago which we began to place gifts for children in need underneath. Several of our staff have decorated their office spaces and we’ve had cookies, treats, fruit, and pastries pass through our break-room from vendors, friends and staff. This past Friday we had our annual holiday lunch and that evening several of us gathered at West Town Mall to wrap presents to raise money for the Angel Tree. I love this time of year; the lights, decorations and traditions are all wonderful but for me it’s the focused time with people that is so precious — time to reflect, time to share, time to laugh and be together.

This past March during the Western Region Conference in Austin, TX. I was sitting at a table with many of my favorite CUPA-HR friends. The topic had turned to my then recent transition from a focused IT role to that of Vice President & CIO. With the IT function often so much of what is done is process related and while there are certainly processes in HR and in my new role, the human element is much more pronounced. I was asked what excited/energized me more — processes or people? I remember pausing as I had not reflected on this up until that point but the answer was so clear; people. People are why we are all here. People are our organizations greatest asset, greatest variable and greatest opportunity. It’s through people that we laugh, we argue, we grow, we’re pushed and we’re encouraged. It’s the passion these people posses that propels our organizations and one another forward.

As such, it seems appropriate to take a moment to say thank you — HR pros, consultants, CUPA-HR Members/Volunteers and staff. Thank you for your passion, your drive, for caring so much about what you do and for being so awesome at it.

From those of us at the CUPA-HR National Office we hope you have a safe, joyous and restful holiday season. Cheers!

*the tree in the picture above is the National Christmas Tree that I was able to visit in DC the other week.