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Reinventing Human Resources For The Human Workplace

Tuesday, January 20, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Amber Javaid
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Forbes, Liz Ryan 

Unless you occasionally examine your beliefs, they control you. Every so often you have to look closely at what you believe to be true, and question it. You have to ask “Why do I believe this?”

Maybe it was taught to you. Maybe there’s no validity to your belief at all. I feel that way about the practice of Human Resources as it widely taught. We teach HR people to comply with employment laws, and often we don’t teach them a lot more. We view the purpose of HR this way: “Our HR department makes Acme Explosives a great place to work and keeps us out of court.”

We are obsessed with the compliance side of HR. We imagine that there are employees hiding behind every pillar and cubicle wall, waiting to jump out and sue us. That’s ridiculous, and it’s also a self-fulfilling prophecy. I worked for two startups that got much bigger, fast. Read More