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Not Arbiters, Nor Catalysts


When I was young and naive (as opposed to my current state: old and misinformed), I entered the werkfarce thinking that HR departments were supposed to be compassionate arbiters of disputes and employee development catalysts – until I discovered what they actually did:

HR groups are bright shining examples of POSIWID. “The Purpose Of a System Is What It Does” – not what it says it does. Alas, BD00 doesn’t think that most HR departments are maliciously evil, they’re just so indoctrinated and immersed in Tayloresque, Theory-X thinking that “they know not what they do“. How about you? Besides thinking that BD00 knows not what he does, what do you think?

  1. October 15, 2012 at 11:36 am

    I would agree if HR did what it was supposed to than it would be a valuable piece of a company, but the reality is that most HR roles have become the rubber stamp processing service, and a first level benefits admin service and nothing more. They supposedly hire the staff of the company, but are never held accountable for the bad hires they make, and in all honesty they usually just call some other HR service and get a few heartbeats sent over.

    I miss the days when actual managers and supervisors that looked after the work actually hired the staff. They are and should be the best people to do it, because they should actually know what skills the workers truly need, they can also find ways to see if a canidate actually has those skills.

    • October 15, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      Thanks for your thoughts Robert.

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