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You might be saying, “Whaaaat? Sure, purple is a nice color, but how can it make HR better?”

Purple is a perspective, an attitude, a wave of energy that is positively contagious! Grandpa Joe in Willy Wonka Jr, 2004, said it best,

“The Bucket family always thinks positive! Write that in purple ink, Charlie. Purple ink.”

I’ve found over the years, that the perspective we take colors all of our experiences. When you wake up in the morning, put on a purple perspective and you’ll find your positive influence will warm up others all day long and just maybe they will pay it forward to someone else. I know that sounds like rainbows and unicorns to some of you but research shows that positivity leads to happiness and happiness leads to productivity, creativity, and satisfaction. Yes, people, that will lead to lower turnover and more savings!

So here’s a little color history on purple and how you can use it to be better in HR.

Purple is very rare in nature and expensive to produce; because of this, it was mostly used for the wealthy and privileged. Although the cost of producing purple went down, its association with royalty and luxury remains.

Be rare. You are privileged in HR to impact so many lives with hiring, compensating, engaging, and sometimes even firing. You balance budgets, cut FTE and do so knowing that FTE accounts for real people with complicated lives. John is 58 and securing another job may be a challenge if he is downsized. Sue needs this job to have medical benefits for her family. Ron is struggling to meet his numbers but could training and more coaching from his manager help him meet his goals?  There are many tough decisions that you can influence. Make these decisions with knowledge and compassion.

Purple has power; it’s the most powerful and visible wavelength of electromagnetic energy.

You have power in HR and if you don’t, you should. The most powerful people wield it wisely and use it to serve others who don’t have power. You can use it to light someone up or burn someone down.

Purple is the color of good judgment and of peace of mind.

You’ll have peace of mind if you come from a positive place, even when you are faced with tough decisions.

Although Julius Caesar and Augustus both decreed that only the Emperor could wear purple and Nero put people to death for wearing purple, you can put it on everyday. Bring some purple to your workplace and see the power of positivity!

For more information on how to bring positive thinking to your workplace, check out Alexa Thompson’s article, “5 Quick Ways You Can Bring Positive Psychology To Your Workplace.”

Peggy Hogan
Peggy Hogan
Peggy is an HR Consultant at Purple Ink. With a special interest in talent acquisition and retention, Peggy enjoys connecting the right person to the right place. She is motivated to help create positive workspaces by offering creative solutions to problems in the workplace, resulting in reduced turnover, higher employee engagement and increased productivity.

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