Let Your Human Resources Mission Drive Your Vision
If you wanted to say what you do, you might tell them a version of the mission statement posted on the HR page of your district website. And based on a text analysis of over one hundred K-12 HR mission statements, that probably looks something like this: The mission of the human resources department is to recruit, retain and support the most highly qualified employees.
Is that statement accurate? Yes. But is it inspiring or distinctive? Not quite.
Compare that to what you get when you pull the most common threads of those same HR departments’ vision statements: Our vision is to support and retain the most qualified and culturally competent staff to support the academic achievement and advancement of all students.
That statement is much more impactful. The difference is the “why,” and that “why” is what sets you apart. It’s your vision of where you’re going, and the reason you do what you do, that leads to success — whether your goal is recruitment, retention or anything else.
“The goal is not just to hire people who need a job, it is to hire people who believe what you believe…. I always say that if you hire people just because they can do a job, they will work for your money. But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they will work for you with blood, sweat, and tears.”
So, think about it — what’s your why? What’s your vision, and how is your mission helping you achieve it?
If you need some inspiration, here are a few of our favorite human resources mission and vision statements from departments in districts across the country.
We love that this HR department ties their mission directly to that of the school district as a whole.
“I’ve always felt that Human Resources is the heart of a school district. Our mission is to educate all students. In our Human Resources Department, we are responsible for that. We hire every employee that walks through our doors, and those employees are going to have direct interaction with students. So, we’re making sure that we have the best employees. We’re making sure that those employees are able to do their job every day, that they’re trained, that they’re rewarded and that hopefully they stay with our district.”
– Jeanine Johnson, Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools