Writing for my work self

I am proud to be among the contributing writers for the Women of HR blog. It’s a wonderful site run by some smart, funny women I first met two or three years ago on Twitter. (There are a ton of fabulous HR professionals on Twitter.) They’ve run two of my pieces so far and I expect another one to go up in about three weeks.

It’s been a change for me to write about Human Resources, because I usually write to escape Human Resources as a self-definition. I’ve heard that in Jane Austen’s time it was considered terribly rude to ask what one did for a living and that’s one of the few things I wish had survived from those days.

I’m not ashamed of the work I do, don’t get me wrong – HR is important and most of the time, I think I do it well – but inside of me is a teenager who insisted her high school keyboarding class was a complete waste of time because it wasn’t like she was going to work in an office. As if! I write to keep that girl quiet; to help her feel proud of herself once in a while.

Thanks to the Women of HR I’ve had a chance to write creatively about my profession. I enjoy it. Here are the two pieces I have up so far, if you’re interested:

The Female Version of John Wayne – On businesswomen who thrived before EEO laws were in place/enforced.

On Labor and Chocolate – How the story of Cadbury chocolate reminded me of the importance of the labor movement.

If you go, stick around! Don’t just read my stuff. Everything on the site is well-written and worth your time.

Categories: Work, Writing

2 comments

  • Trish McFarlane

    Holly, So glad to have you as a Women of HR contributor. Like you, I thought I was going to be far too cool for an office job back when I took typing class in 10th grade. #AsIf 🙂

    I love both your contributions so far and hope it gives you another outlet to let our the HR frustrations. Thanks so much and I love the design of this blog.

  • Holly

    Thanks, Trish! What’s really funny about my teenage disdain for typing is that I DID plan to be an author or a journalist. So looking back now, I can’t imagine why I thought I wouldn’t need to type for those jobs.

    Writing for Women of HR has already helped my outlook on work. Thanks again; I’m so grateful for the opportunity.

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