“You GOT to be kiddin’ you’re in HR – Man that’s a cushy job!!“


A short story by HRMexplorer

Yup! I am I replied.

Come on what do you do? You have a great office, flashy expense account, talk ALL the time and play lots of golf.

What do YOU think I do?

That’s easy! You hire and fire people, give people tons of paper work to fill in, and you are all about RULES and REGULATIONS and COMPLIANCE. You screw up my benefit claims and get in the way of my promotions mostly.

Oh yea, you are also the nasty guy that everybody gets scared of when you turn up. Lets face it. You only show up when there is some thing bad about to happen.

You are like the Boogey Man! And you walk around the executive offices brown nosing with the CEO and the COO. You are always with those guys!

Well you are right and you are wrong! I do have to work on some of the stuff you mention. BUT that does not make us MONEY that just gives us GROUND RULES all businesses need.

I do connect with the CEO and COO – mostly talking about how we create a company that lasts and offers employment for a long time to come, one that also focuses on getting more customers and making sure they are taken care of.

You see if we can become the best we can as a business then people keep jobs, we hire new folks and we can pay the benefits we have and even give pay increases! It’s like a positive roller coaster ride! Only it’s a fun ride!

Kind of like having a cool DREAM or VISION.

By the way my job is to also work with lots of other people within the organization and even people outside. YES that includes some rounds of golf; mind you there are more meetings that are in offices that go way into the night!

Making connections and developing relationships that build the business is what I do. Then I have to work on figuring out how to make it happen.

 That is the hard and the exciting part!

That is the bit that differentiates people who go to work. Those who figure out what BUILDS rather than what MAINTAINS a business are the keepers!

This helps me figure out things and I get to understand how I can help the business and the people be the best they can be and more.  Figuring out what will give us the basis for an exciting business environment is the difference between a  “so so” and “go for more” business.

You are right off course; HR does have a reputation for firing people.

The thing is I haven’t fired anyone for years.  I have helped the businesses I work for make hundreds of thousands of dollars, I mentored people who got promoted, I got workforces pay increases and better benefit plans, we even hired more people.  We even built on new buildings and invested in new equipment. It wasn’t the same for others though.

You see not all HR people are the same. We do not all have the same book cover.

Some of us work hard at figuring out stuff that is not HR so that we get better at figuring out what HR should be doing. The thing of it is, is that it’s all HR, but most hasn’t figured it out. Just saying!!

Want to play some golf?

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About HRMexplorer

Managing Director - Human Capital Europe and USA - My ability is to recognize ingrained assumptions and patterns of operation that aren’t productive, and offer practical, cost-effective and value-based solutions.

Posted on August 27, 2011, in HRMexplorer Blogs. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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