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For the Love of.. HR?

September 13, 2011 Leave a comment

A Facebook friend of mine points out that “HR”is a form of propaganda. Depressing huh? Still we have ti deal with them, dont we?

 

Read on an HR resource:

*** On a plane, a seatmate asked Lott what his job was. Lott said, “I help companies avoid lawsuits.” “Are you a lawyer?” asked the seatmate. “No, I’m in HR,” Lott said. “Oh, that’s worse,” the person said.” http://hrdailyadvisor.blr.com/archive/2011/09/05/Training_YouTube_Test_HR_Lawsuit.aspx?source=HAC&effort=14

“HR has three pieces to its job, Lott says: the harmony part (morale, culture, conflict resolution), the productivity part (since the recession, getting at least 110 percent out of everyone), and the compliance part (not getting sued). http://hrdailyadvisor.blr.com/archive/2011/09/05/Training_YouTube_Test_HR_Lawsuit.aspx?source=HAC&effort=14

 Sadly, HR is probably worse than law. (I’m a lawyer.) Most people think they are experts at getting things done—even when  that involves others whose job it is to complete various tasks. Of course, very few of us really are experts on this-or on human behavior. How many of get out OWN to-do lists done? Not many.

The best advice I have seen on an HR post lately is this from “Are You a Manager or a Controller? : Hurricane Helps Us Find Out” Friday, September 02, 2011 3:00 AM, by Steve Bruce:

“A lot of executives [read humans] mistakenly believe they’re in control. They think they’ve climbed to the top of the ladder to be in charge. But really the best we can do as managers is, well, manage. All the planning and preparation in the world doesn’t allow you to control events, it only helps you influence or affect the outcome.

It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about your customers, employees, shareholders, or a hurricane, you can’t control what they do. Knowing the difference between controlling and managing can help you to focus on the things you can truly control.”

http://hrdailyadvisor.blr.com/archive/2011/09/02/Epinions_Management_Hurricane_Irene.aspx?source=HAC&effort=16

This also applies in every facet of life. Focus ON WHAT IS REALLY in YOUR hands. Tomorrow—how to stay resilient in the depressing hunt for work.

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Read on an HR resource:

*** On a plane, a seatmate asked Lott what his job was. Lott said, “I help companies avoid lawsuits.” “Are you a lawyer?” asked the seatmate. “No, I’m in HR,” Lott said. “Oh, that’s worse,” the person said.” http://hrdailyadvisor.blr.com/archive/2011/09/05/Training_YouTube_Test_HR_Lawsuit.aspx?source=HAC&effort=14

“HR has three pieces to its job, Lott says: the harmony part (morale, culture, conflict resolution), the productivity part (since the recession, getting at least 110 percent out of everyone), and the compliance part (not getting sued). http://hrdailyadvisor.blr.com/archive/2011/09/05/Training_YouTube_Test_HR_Lawsuit.aspx?source=HAC&effort=14

 

Sadly HR is probably worse than law. (I’m a lawyer.) Most people think they are experts at getting things done—even when  that involves others whose job it is to complete various tasks. Of course, very few of us really are experts on this-or on human behavior.

The best advice I have seen on an HR post lately is this from Hurricane Helps Us Find Out

Friday, September 02, 2011 3:00 AM
by Steve Bruce:

A lot of executives [read humans] mistakenly believe they’re in control. They think they’ve climbed to the top of the ladder to be in charge. But really the best we can do as managers is, well, manage. All the planning and preparation in the world doesn’t allow you to control events, it only helps you influence or affect the outcome.

It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about your customers, employees, shareholders, or a hurricane, you can’t control what they do. Knowing the difference between controlling and managing can help you to focus on the things you can truly control.” Are You a Manager or a Controller?

http://hrdailyadvisor.blr.com/archive/2011/09/02/Epinions_Management_Hurricane_Irene.aspx?source=HAC&effort=16

This also applies in every facet of life. Focus ON WHAT IS REALLY in YOUR hands. Tomorrow—how to stay resilient in the depressing hunt for work.

 

Managers Call In Sick More Than Employees

Seen in USA Today: more evidence it pays to be careful where you work. A poll of 60,651 people taken by Replicon shows that managers used 3.6 sick days a year and non management employees used 2.8. It also showed summer is the time most folks call in sick, which does make for some suspicion as to the possibility the sickness is either fictitious—or from too much fun in the sun.https://secure.smartbrief.com/news/bscai/storyDetails.jsp?issueid=9C7E624E-A806-48C0-A7F7-7CA7B00B51D2&copyid=5F53DC70-D9AA-4DFC-A7C3-40BE457E739E

What does this say to job seekers? Note that in the US, no vacation time is mandated by law: “The U.S. federal government dictates that employees are given exactly zero paid holiday and vacation days a year (that means, if you get such things, it is because your employer is being generous/in a benefits arms race with other employers). In most countries workers gat paid vacation by law: “In every country … except Canada and Japan (and the U.S.), workers get at least 20 paid vacation days.  In France and Finland, they get 30… an entire month off, paid, every year.”http://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2010/01/31/paid-holidaysvacation-days-in-the-u-s-versus-other-oecd-countries/

What this says to me, boys and girls, is you really had best do what you love, and love what you do. And if you really DO love what you are interviewing for this will be very clear in the interview.

Now, some of you will be interviewing for management jobs. This means more pay—and more stress. So, again—if you love the job, and dare I hope PEOPLE, you are once again at the top of the heap.

Just remember… everyone can’t finish first. That is one reason this blog is not for everyone. Only those seeking true excellence and service.