What’s your Lasting Legacy?

  • This post is not about how to retain your best employees or how to engage with them on a deeper level.
  • This post is not about HR tech and its latest impact on recruiting trends.
  • This post is about you, us: the HR professional. The HR leader.

Most of the time, HR experts consider what is best for our company’s employees and other stakeholders. We must combine strategy with humanity, business sense with caring. a sometimes-difficult-to-balance duality. It’s simple to become overwhelmed by the intensity of our daily tasks and lose sight of our own unique mission, our enduring legacy. I often make this point when I address a gathering of college students, but it’s something you should think about at any moment in your professional life.

What’s your Lasting Legacy?

What will you leave behind? Does your work in HR help you become more like how you want your loved ones, friends, coworkers, and community to remember you? Are your personal values and goals consistent with those of your employer? We put a lot of effort into developing the best workplaces, defining our organizations’ core values, and offering perks and initiatives that keep our employees happy, healthy, and engaged. Like any other employee of the organization, we are an integral part of this workforce. Are we happy, engaged, and in good health? By using the tools and services we’ve made available to everyone, are we serving as role models for our peers? Are we actually practicing servant leadership in HR?

My main purpose in life is to leave a lasting legacy at home, at work and in my community. I want to positively impact those around me and empower them to reach their goals professionally and personally. I truly believe that my career in HR – especially within the healthcare field – allows me to fulfill my purpose every day. I am honored to serve the people I work with and am grateful for the opportunity to build the best possible workplace alongside many inspiring leaders within our organization. For me, building strategic programs that allow our organization to attract, engage and retain the right people to fulfill our mission is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job. This is why I chose HR. This is my lasting legacy.

Whether you’ve been in the industry for over 30 years or just 30 days, why did you decide to pursue a career in Human Resources?

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Eric Magnussen

Eric Magnussen serves as the Vice President of Talent for Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) and is accountable for all aspects of the CTCA Talent function for a 5,500 employee organization. Eric is responsible for talent strategy, attraction and selection, employee development, succession planning, wellness and wellbeing, compensation and benefits. Connect with Eric.


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