Why we hate HR…and why maybe it’s justified.


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Recently, I had a conversation with a young lady who was trying to move within her company. When the opportunities seemed to dry out, she considered moving to another organization entirely. When I mentioned this to someone in the personnel department, the reply was “So? That’s fine. Let her.”8754_wpm_lowres

That seems a little…witchy to me.

Don’t most talent management principles say to treat current employees a little better? Isn’t it almost always preferable to grow existing employees over hiring new ones? I thought maybe since this was in a government organization, it’s possible that the costs of recruitment and hiring (which are unseen and presumably not tracked) don’t really bother those in the personnel system. The taxpayer might disagree, though, especially given that the government was running on fumes lately.

I would love to hear from anyone in government HR (or private sector, it would be great to have some comparisons), most especially if you have any information that might justify the response mentioned above.

Right now I’m more disappointed in people than I’ve been in a long, long time. At least 10 minutes or so…