This Aint Your Daddy’s HR
Do I have your attention? Good, because we are in the mist of an HR revolution. It’s either join up, or be left in the dust.
What do I mean by this?
Well, gone are the days of Human Resources representing the company’s interests solely. The new age HR Manager is an inclusive individual, serving the collective needs of both employer and employee. In the new “collaborative” workplace, an HR Manager wears many more hats than in years past.
It can be debated as to whether this is a result of a disgruntled workforce staging a collective mutiny, or the evolution of HR professionals. Either way, the time has come.
Join me on the other side.
As a HR Manager of a leading manufacturing company, I have firsthand experience with Human Resources-the good, the bad, and the ugly. I fell in love with this industry in 2006 and never looked back. It has been challenging at times, but always rewarding.
HR is no longer just the “Personnel Department”, but a major player when it comes to shaping the vision and direction of the company. This site is all abut coming together to share best practices and elevate each other and our respective companies to new heights. We’ll talk, laugh and even vent on occasion, but it will always be a steppingstone to improvement.
So, if you’re looking for the regurgitation of old HR idioms and maintaining the status quo, this is not the place for you. In this blog, I’ll be exploring ideas and methods to help us all become the HR managers that the workforce and corporations of today require. We’ll be exploring any and everything related to HR, but adding our own unique twist and observations.
While we will deal with some of the standard HR issues, such as FMLA, staffing and performance reviews, we’ll also tackle some of the issues that are relevant today, but were not even a thought twenty years ago.
For example, do you think dear old dad had to comb through the dress code policy to see if Punk haircuts are specifically mentioned? How about having to explain to George in QA that his three lip piercings are a bit of a distraction for his coworkers. Sound familiar? These are some of the lovely issues HR Managers deal with, which were unheard of twenty years ago.
With the boomers headed for retirement, the face of the workforce looks very different. Instead of the employee who never asked for anything other than a paycheck and fiercely defended the company, we now have professionals who demand concessions which provide a better work/life balance. Is it good, bad, or just different? We’ll explore these questions in future posts.
One of the biggest issues affecting the workforce is the global recession. This event may have done the most to drastically alter the employment scene. Our employees are fearful of layoffs, benefit reductions, and even the stability of the company. Are we equipped to deal with the anxiety of 500+ employees?
HR is such a vast umbrella. There is almost no limit to what you can encounter in this role. However, there is also room to expand greatly your professional skills, making you an extremely marketable person. We deal with everything including project management, mediation, budget analysis, counseling……need I go on?
To be successful stewards of the company, we have to educate ourselves and evolve with the workforce, or we will essentially become obsolete. We should know how that feels. I’m sure we all have seen the employee who is stuck in “how we used to do it”, unable to adapt to any hint of change. So much so, that they become redundant and lose their value as a member of the team.
Don’t let that be you.
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What do you see as the major difference between the HR of today and say…20 years ago?