Issue: HR specialists can become emotionally hooked on solving employees' problems.
Risk: Resulting emotional overload can sap your time, your energy and your ability to be a strategic player.
Action: Balance employee advocacy with commitment to top executives, and to your career.
You were probably attracted to HR because you want to help people. It's in your nature to do so. But be careful not to become too attached to helping employees; it can threaten your career.
How? Too much emotional involvement can drain your energy and spare time, increase stress, and damage your ability to perform objectively at a high level. You become less valuable to your organization and HR team, and less accountable to the senior executives who pay your salary.
The problem is rising as employees gain more ways to request help: cell phones, voice mail, e-mail, intranet, office walk-ins. And they aren't shy about asking. Req...(register to read more)