I’m in an odd occupation for an introvert. I am the Human Resources Executive at a Healthcare organization. HR is the department that plans all those fun activities and I end up being smack dab in the middle of it all. We bar-b-que all day and schmooze with the employees. We come in and bar-b-que on the night shift. We serve cake at all hours of the day and night. We plan holidays parties, summer picnics, events for hospital week and various other rewards and recognition programs that occur throughout the year. Add to this I am also a Senior Leader so whenever my organization buys a table at the various community events, guess who gets to go? Yep that would be me and my wife. We call this mandatory fun.
Last night we went to an fundraising event to support the local community college foundation scholarship fund. It was called Cellarbration. Oh yeah wine tasting, good food, and the expectation that we network with other community leaders. To an introvert, this is just exhausting. Thank God my wife willingly accompanies me to these events. Well willingly might be a bit of an exaggeration….Yes just another evening of Mandatory Fun.
I have four and a half more years until retirement and then I would be happy to fade into the background and joyously write in near obscurity with the occasional GCLS conference or other such event, but until then, it’s mandatory fun for all….
I hope you don’t or haven’t considered it mandatory fun reading my debut novel Love Forever, Live Forever still very much available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Bella Books, and last by not least Affinity e-Book press. Have some Mandatory Fun in my honor…
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Another great blog, Annette. Those four and a half years will pass quickly- believe me. (Oh, and I hope you’re not offended by some of my characters’ views on HR executives. I’m sure your department is very people friendly.)
Not at all offended. My profession seems to get picked on a lot! Catbert the evil HR Director….need I say more!