Monday, November 22, 2010

Ssshhhhh - HR is coming!

Have you ever been in the situation where there was something going down but no one would talk about it?  Managers have secret meetings behind closed doors and the whispers and rumours run rampant around the office.  Ever had one of those days?

And then to top it all off - Human Resources want to talk to everyone!  Aahhhhh!

Here's my view - Human Resources shouldn't be the big ogre.  If you only see your Human Resources Department went things are going badly - then things really are going badly.

Human Resources and the work they do is vital to the overall health of an organisation.  The development and continual improvement of employees gives an organisation more value than the management of restructures, redundancies and dismissals.

So what would I do if I was in Human Resources? 

  • Take the initiative and start working with people to identify the deficits in peoples knowledge and work skills in the organisation - and get their learning to improve.
  • Be more visible.  Walk around the organisation and talk to people about their jobs.  Like most central functions it is easy for those in the middle to have no understanding of what is taking place at the coal face.
  • Start working (I mean really working) with the talent in the organisation.  A lot of HR departments assume they are nurturing talent but I have yet to see it happen.  Maybe I am just missing out?

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