Why Can’t We Work Together?

Or can we?  I am a seasoned Human Resources professional who has spent the majority of the past 25 years working in the health care industry.  I worked for several organizations and did consulting assignments too.

Health care is its own unique beast. The field entails heavy involvement and interaction with numerous regulatory agencies, as well as, State and Federal government entities.  You must adhere to several mandated requirements. Maintaining licensing and receiving reimbursement from both the State and Federal government is dependent upon you being compliant.

Noncompliance can result in loss of reimbursement by the State and Federal government. You are not without the possibility of legal ramifications where heavy fines and penalties could be assessed. Then, depending on how significant the charges are, you could face closure of the facility.  Criminal prosecution against individuals is always a possibility.

If you ever experienced any of the challenges I mentioned above in your career, you would understand why I said health care is a unique beast.  Not fun times, I guarantee you.

I sustained a work related injury which was a life changing event for me.  As time progressed, I no longer had a job with the organization. Does that surprise you? I didn’t think it would.  It was time for me to make a change.  I didn’t know what to expect, but I needed to do something different. Change can be a scary thing, but I think doing nothing is worse.

Now, I bet you can’t guess what happened next? Oh come on, of course you can.  I decided to take the knowledge and expertise that I had developed throughout my career and develop a small business.  The name of the business is “The Human Resource.”

My goal is to help individuals and small businesses in meeting their Human Resources needs.  I am a firm believer in mentoring. I want to give back and help the new individuals who are entering into the profession of Human Resources.

I am very interested in working collaboratively with other like minded Human Resources professionals.  By utilizing the best talent from all parties involved, we would then market our services to our niche target market.  It sounds like a fairly easy endeavor to accomplish, not true.  It is difficult to find people who are interested in working together collaborately.

I think in many instances, people let their egos get in the way. Instead of working together as equal partners, one has to be in charge.  Of course that is not always the case.  It has to be just the right fit in order to make it work.

I know trying to find the right person is not an easy task.  By networking and getting to know other professionals, you may be able meet someone that you are able to collaborate with.

Maybe you can start by working on one project at a time.  See how it works out, and if it does, then maybe you can continue to work together.

I am still searching to meet the right person(s), and I don’t have any plans to give up.  I have met a few people who are new in the Human Resources profession and I have been doing my best to assist them whenever I can.

If anyone is interested collaborating or knows of any good sites, please let me know.  I hope you find this information beneficial.

Thank you.

Please share your thoughts, I enjoy hearing from you.

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles, thank you.

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  1. Hi Rhonda – While I have not worked exclusively in the health care field, I have been in Human Resources 30+ years! I resonate with a lot of what you wrote in this post. About 14 years ago, I stopped working for someone else and established my own consulting practice. My objective is to support the small business owner and the “Accidental HR Manager” (R). You are so right when you say that compliance is crucial to every business – it can cost thousands of dollars to defend a claim even if the claim has no merit. For a lot of small enterprises, this could bankrupt them.

    Thanks for taking on the challenges faced by people new to the HR field. It is critical to support them and “give back” to this important sector of the business world.

    ~Margaret Jacoby, SPHR

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