Married to HR

It’s Valentine’s Day and North Alabama is recovering from our own little snowpocalypse that allowed me to spend two and a half days with my sweetie that I normally wouldn’t have šŸ™‚ It was wonderful, we played in the snow, I pelted him repeatedly with snowballs, drank lots of coffee and watched a couple of movies together. trees

The timing was perfect considering I’m about to be on the road for a couple of weeks for college recruiting (I know it’s cheesy, but we don’t like to be apart for a long time). I’ve been thinking about all the functions I drag my other half to that are HR related and what it must be like to be married to HR (I love it when a movie says the title in the story, don’t you?). So here is what I’ve come up with:

  • You hearĀ Ā letters like PPACA, FMLA, OFCCP, EEOC, etc… a lot.
  • You have probably attended more HR themed social events with your spouseĀ than non-HR themed social events.
  • You know more about the employees at your spouses company than you ever wanted to, but don’t knowĀ Ā which story attaches to which employee.
  • You can’t bring a work problemĀ  home to just vent about, we are HR, we have a solution (and probably the right solution at that!)
  • You don’t understand the excitement we HR people feel when we see a meeting that our board organized has 161 people registered.
  • You probably roll your eyes and leave the room when your spouse gets on the phone with another HR buddy squealing about a new article/blog post that could takeĀ their HR team to the next level.
  • You probably also roll your eyes and leave the room when your spouse gets on the phone with another HR buddy to listen to what their current employee issue is.
  • You have more insight than you wanted about the interworking of HR in your own company and now you cannot even make eye contact with your HR department because you think they are all weirdos too.
  • You bring your benefit paperwork home to your spouse during open enrollment, just in case.
  • You know what the top ten HRIS systems are.
  • You know what SHRM stands for.
  • You pray that your spouse gets enough credits to recertifyĀ their PHR/SPHR because you don’t want to see that side of them that you saw when they had to study for it the first time.
  • You know how many recert credits your spouse needs.

These are just a few of the crazy things that being Married to HR entails, but all this to say for those of you married to HR (specifically the guy married to me) THANK YOU! We would not be the rocking HR pros we are without you! Thank you for overlooking our nerdiness and accepting us and all of our interpretations of the workplace with a smile on your face! Thank you for coming to SHRM functions and mingling with other HR folks and their spouses. Thank you for investing in our careers.Ā Thank you forĀ being you!Ā We love you!


Author: Kristina H. Minyard, SHRM-CP, PHR

My goal is to challenge the way we view, measure, and utilize HR and recruiting in a positive and encouraging way. I love working in HR and value the network of HR professionals that I also call friends. I'm always learning from my fellow HR pros and find comfort in their expertise. I'm an active member of my local SHRM chapter (NASHRM) and a total HR enthusiast! My HR related knowledge is a mix of recruiting, retaining, engaging and just plain helping people discover their passion. I'm a follower of Christ, Wife, Mom, Corporate Recruiter, Blogger, problem solver, runner, Sports FANATIC & Razorback surviving amongst the [crimson] tide! You can find me on twitter & Instagram: @HRecruit Snapchat: kminny32 Google+: LinkedIn: Thoughts here (and on all my social media channels) are mine and do not represent the thoughts/beliefs of my employer. Why would I name my blog HR Pockets? Read about it in my first post years ago!!

10 thoughts on “Married to HR”

    1. Thanks Amy! I appreciate you reading my posts! šŸ™‚ I love the bumper sticker I saw on your car “What happens in Human Resources, Stays in Human Resources” and since you told me your husband got it for you, I know he gets HR. LOL Keep on rockin’ sista!

  1. What a sweet post:) We certainly do appreciate our spouses listening (or pretending to listen) to our HR related conversations ALL THE TIME…even if we dont tell them.

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