In episode 141 of “The JoyPowered® Workspace Podcast,” JoDee and Susan discuss how to get the top job in HR with recently retired CHROs Susan Weber and Anne Leyden.
We’re commonly asked for advice on becoming the head of HR. Should you get a degree in HR? A master’s degree? Is it better to work your way up in HR at the same company, move between companies, or even come to HR at a later point in your career?
JoDee and Susan share their experiences holding senior HR roles in different organizations, then invite recently retired CHROs Susan Weber and Anne Leyden to share their input. Neither Susan nor Anne realized early in their careers that they wanted to be CHROs. They studied other disciplines in college and started off working in other business units, then moved to HR.
Susan Weber’s favorite part of the job was opportunities to coach, train, and develop other employees. Anne loved the challenge – there was always something difficult that you had to figure out. The trickiest thing for Susan was vendor management, while Anne found situations that were painful for people to be really hard.
Susan recommends pursuing HR certifications; they’re a great addition to your credentials and your credibility. And take advantage of every opportunity that comes along. Anne urges leaders to get out of their own heads, to be more present for others and less worried about themselves and the job they’re doing.
In this episode’s listener mail, a listener asks whether our show is approved through HRCI. In the news, Santander Bank will pay $4.25 million to settle a wage and hour class action suit alleging they hadn’t paid 764 branch operations managers overtime as they should have.
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