It’s amazing how much can change in six months. When you’re going through life, simply trying to make the best choices you can for yourself, it’s hard to put this reality into perspective, but as I say goodbye to the Fireside HR blog, it’s hard not to realize this fact.
Fireside HR is a collaborative blog wherein multiple writers give their opinions on HR-related topics. When Helen Luketic created the blog in 2009, she was the only writer. Fourteen months later, Helen chose to change the format of the blog by adding other local bloggers to her list of Fireside HR contributors.
It’s definitely been an interesting run. When I first began writing for Fireside HR, I was still seeking full-time employment. You can feel the anger in a lot of my submissions. My first piece for example, was called “Why fill an entry-level position with a lateral mover?” I remember being surprised at how hard it was to write about human resources when I wasn’t actually doing HR work.
Another particularly memorable piece for me was called “Are we choosing sustainability over health care in the City of Vancouver?” What I loved about both of these submissions in particular was the volume of dialogue that was exchanged, in response to each one. I received a number of emails expressing upset with various large organizations like the City of Vancouver, and I also read a lot of emails from people with years of HR experience behind them, but were also struggling to find employment.
The Fireside HR blog is not being fully disbanded, although it is going through a major change. As a corporate site, created ultimately by the BC HRMA, they control how it is maintained. I can’t tell you exactly what their plans are right now … but I can tell you when the changes have all been completed.
It was a great adventure to write alongside the other extremely talented women who also wrote for the blog. This included Holly MacDonald (who is an HR consultant and the creator of Spark + co), Dana Sebal (the HR director at Sebal Enterprises), Krysty Wideen (an HR consultant at The Refinery Leadership Partners), Agata Zagata (a people resources assocate at Lululemon Athletica), Suzanne Boyd (a partner at Noverra Consulting & Capital Partners), and of course Helen Luketic, whose tireless efforts brought the Fireside HR Blog to life.