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.

As HR professionals, we spend the majority of our time thinking about what’s best for others: our employees and our organization. We need to be strategic and human, business-minded and compassionate. A dichotomy that’s difficult to balance at times. It’s easy to get caught up in the intensity of our day-to-day work and lose sight of our own personal mission, our lasting legacy. It’s a point I make whenever I speak to a group of university students, but it’s certainly a point to reflect upon at any stage in your career.

What’s your Lasting Legacy?

What’s your lasting legacy? Is what you’re doing in HR bringing you closer to how you want your family, friends, colleagues and community to remember you? Are your personal values and mission aligned with the values and mission of your employer? We work hard to create ideal work environments, to define the core values of our companies, to provide benefits and programs that keep our workforce healthy, engaged and satisfied. We’re just as much a part of this workforce than any other employee in the company. Are we healthy, engaged and satisfied? Are we setting examples for our colleagues by utilizing the programs and resources we’ve made available for everyone? Are we truly living as HR servant leaders?

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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