The HR Juggle: Managing Anxiety and Looking After Yourself as the Only HR Person in Your Business

If you’re the only HR person in your business, you probably know that your role can be both rewarding and challenging. From managing employee relations to hiring and onboarding new team members, there’s a lot on your plate. But with so much going on, it’s easy to feel anxious and stressed out. 

So, how can you manage anxiety and look after yourself as the only HR person in your business? 

I know first-hand how easy it is to get caught up in work and forget about your own needs, but taking care of yourself is crucial for your mental and physical health. So, I like to take a break and do something I enjoy every day. It could be taking a walk, practicing meditation, or listening to your favourite podcast. Whatever it is, make it a priority. My top tip It can be daunting to book this in so start small, and work from there – before you know it, this will become routine. I also find the easiest way to make sure this happens is to actually block time out in your diary (as if you were booking out time for a meeting or whatever), it’s the only way I actually stick to it!

As the only HR person, it can be tempting to work around the clock to keep up with your responsibilities, I’ve fallen into this SO many times! But if you’re constantly working late or responding to emails outside of business hours, you’re more likely to experience burnout and anxiety. It’s time to be realistic with yourself and others and set and communicate realistic boundaries to your colleagues.

It can also be helpful to connect with others. When I was the only HR person in the business and now as a self-employed consultant it can be isolating and lonely at times. These feelings were the driving force for MyPeopleClub’s community, and most recently our HR Hangouts. Building strong connections in your field can provide support, resources, and perspective. Consider joining us on May 24th at 7pm for our next HR hangout, it’s an informal affair, come as you are, get to know other HR professional’s and enjoy a glass of your favourite tipple at the same time. You might be surprised at how much it helps to talk to others who understand what you’re going through. The link for the session is [add link]

For me, one of the most important steps you can take if you’re feeling overwhelmed or anxious, is to seek help. There’s no shame in asking for support, we can often feel like we must have it all together in HR, but it’s important to recognise when you need support. Even if that means simply confiding in a trusted friend or colleague or reaching out for professional help.

As the only HR person in your business, you play a critical role in the success of your organisation. But it’s important to remember that you’re only human, and it’s okay to prioritise your own needs and well-being. You’ve got this!

The HR Juggle