I don’t speak for HR, and neither should you.
Since when am I responsible for ALL of HR?
– the bashing
– defending the profession
– whining that we’re not at the table; or we don’t deserve to be there
– it’s all noise, noise, noise
Last I checked I’m responsible for my HR team, not the slacker down the highway who still lives in the stone age and is so risk averse they don’t get any respect (nor do they deserve it.)
Lots has been written about how ineffective HR is, and how CEOs and CFOs have lost confidence in the profession. Really? HR is the problem in Corporate America? Are you kidding me?! Are we responsible for the retention of employees that don’t report to us? Do we create the daily culture that drives employee engagement? Do we make every decision that affects the employment experience? Do we have the ability to manipulate earnings statements or broker major deals independently of the other Executive team members? I think not.
I’ve seen plenty of Executives in other disciplines who failed miserably, but their profession is not under attack. Did the VP of HR at Enron bring down that company? No.
Oh, and by the way…the next time the you-know-what hits the fan…give another department a call. I’m sure they’ll be very comfortable working through your employee relations problems and the litigation that will surely follow.
I’d love to hear from you.
pic courtesy of necn