Hi, my name is Paul and I joined the Home Office as an HR Business Partner (HRBP) in January 2021.
I am proud to work for the Civil Service. I joined the Home Office because I want to make our country safer. I can look in the mirror and know I am making a difference to colleagues and the public we serve. That is a good feeling.
After a successful interview, I was added to a reserve list and recommended to a colleague in need of an HRBP. The Home Office believed in me and welcomed me. It’s a great place to grow as a professional; I can be myself, help others and develop in my career.
I have had many ups and downs in my career and did not really enjoy work until I moved into HR in my early thirties. I enjoy my job when I am making work enjoyable for other people.
I am the HRBP for Home Office Intelligence, who counter emerging threats to the UK to protect our borders from the illegal smuggling of drugs, weapons and people. It is fascinating work. I support the two senior management teams with people and business matters, switching from strategic decision making to data analysis to HR casework, writing blogs and giving presentations at work events.
Home Office HR is a supportive community where you can learn as you go. I have had good working relationships with my line managers. I am respected and given autonomy to do my job. I value hybrid working, development opportunities and presenting at team events. As with all departments and jobs there are challenges, and I need to do what I can to overcome those challenges and make things better.
Aside from my business partnering, I am the HR Health & Wellbeing Champion and have carried out an organisational stress risk assessment to understand how people are feeling and what we can do to help HR thrive. My health and wellbeing podcasts give people a voice in this conversation.
Moving to a new role or organisation can be daunting. You may ask yourself if you are ready for this role. I can truthfully say that Home Office HR is a great place to work as an HRBP. Whether you are here for two years, ten years or more you will not regret working for the Home Office.