On July 1, 1982, I started working in HR. In 16 blogs I gave an overview of the 30 years. Blog 1-8 in chronological order, blog 9-16 more thematic.
- The start
How it all started. Trained as an experimental psychologist I choose for a fast career in HR!
Trainee at Philips Electronics. Doing some research, working in a factory and getting an impression of Personnel Affairs (HR did not exist yet).
- Dangerous work!
My first real job was at Hollandse Signaalapparaten, then a subsidiary of Philips. 6000 employees in The Netherlands, recruitment was my first job. Working for the defense industry was not very popular.
- Operation Centurion
I moved to Philips Consumer Electronics, following my first boss. Times were tough at Philips, but I had a nice job: how can we engage and retain the global talent.
- Core Competences
From Philips to KPMG. KPMG Netherlands was working on their Vision 2000 and I could participate. Big fun, and I learned a lot.
- HR for Prima Donna’s
At Aon I was the International HR Director. Insurance Broking is a very special business, requiring specific HR skills.
- Growing with ARCADIS
When I started at ARCADIS in 2006 we had 10,000 employees. Now 21,000, so a challenging (and rewarding) environment for HR.
- What did I learn?
Some lessons. “HR should be tougher” is one of them.
- Is HR a vocation?
Was I born as a HR professional? (Luckily not…)
- Help, I’ve got INTP!
About all the tests I did in the 30 years. I am yellow and my MBTI profile is INTP.
- Control or no Control, that’s the question
About some rigid processes at Signaal and the benefits.
- Some terrible stories
About the clairvoyant engineer and the recruiter I hired because he went to my high school (no guarantee for success, alas).
- Do NOT ask the customers what they want
A mistake that is often made: confusing client focus with doing what the client wants.
- What I learned from my first boss
About my first boss, what I learned from him, and the importance to have a good first boss.
- Self managed learning HaHa
What went wrong when I tried to implement self-managed learning.
- Glimpse into the future
Last episode, and introduction to new series: The future of HR.