When you think of your employees, what comes to mind?
Do you have positive thoughts? Are you fondly reminded of how amazing the folks are at your company ??
What do you expect? Seriously. Have you taken the time to reflect on how your focus is as an HR practitioner when you go into work each day? Are you looking forward to working with the people around you, or do you dread it?
If I asked you this in person, I’m sure I’d hear a positive response because you’d feel a little awkward because we’re only supposed to talk about surface level things to keep things within a social norm. It may be the way you truly feel, and I hope it is.
However, when I keep my ear to the ground and listen to other HR pros, I hear more negative things than positive things. I hear people grousing about the difficult person who did this, or the person who takes ALL of my time, etc.
Don’t you think your employees see that in you? Don’t you think that they’ve come to expect HR to be the department who brings the bad news? Not very encouraging is it?
I think that we’ve made the rock prophet Don Henley’s words come true from his vintage song “Dirty Laundry” on his debut album I Can’t Stand Still.
“Dirty little secrets
Dirty little lies
We got our dirty little fingers in everybody’s pie
We love to cut you down to size
We love dirty laundry”
I know that sounds harsh, but when I listen to HR people they tend to talk about the 10% of people who cause them the most problems instead of focusing on the 90% of people who are GREAT !!
I love HR Horror Stories as much as the next person, and I could add my share of them – believe me. However, it’s time to change the tide.
People will see HR as a positive force in organizations when, and only when, HR is positive itself !!
So, what do you expect ?? Let me know.
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