In early February, I am celebrating my six-year anniversary with HMA Public Relations. Six years is quite an accomplishment; perhaps a little unique even for an agency AND for a public relations practitioner (well, except for my bosses, Scott and Abbie, who’ve been with HMA for 21 and 16 years, respectively).
I stay at HMA Public Relations for many reasons:
First, HMA believed in me. I was new to the industry but they trusted that I had what it takes to be a good practitioner. They believed in my writing ability and took me under their wings and taught me the ever-evolving business. I take loyalty very seriously – and am always loyal back.
Second, HMA allowed me the freedom to develop my own style rather than dictate how to dot my “I’s” and cross my “T’s.” Being trusted to be oneself is a very underrated quality in managers and bosses.
Third, HMA allows me to have a life! While our priority is delivering 110% to our clients 24/7, HMA understands that cable guys come on their own time and dentists only work 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. I appreciate that I’ve never been made to feel guilty for needing to come in an hour late or leave an hour early for little things like this that come up in life.
Fourth, HMA is FUN! Part of the reason I got into public relations was to work in a creative atmosphere. Between the treasure hunts, brainstorming sessions and even rousing lunch debates, HMA and the people of HMA are anything but boring.
Fifth, HMA helps me continue my education. While I am not yet earning a Master’s, HMA helps me to evolve my skills as the industry does by attending conferences, workshops and even classes at my leisure and as my schedule permits.
Now, I could go on for hours, but I want to hear from you.
If you have been with your company, whatever the industry, for more than five years, tell us why? What’s kept you around?
And, if you’ve had the chance to work in several industries or at several companies, tell us why?