The post that my compatriot and friend Jason Lauritsen put out this week was very timely and thought provoking because he makes some extremely salient points as to why HR is in trouble. Also, one of the HRevolution co-founders and friend, Trish McFarlane gave a great response on HR Ringleader !! Now, I’d like to chime in as well . . .
It’s really interesting to me that folks in HR, especially the one’s in this “space,” continue to want to capture HR in certain view points, compartments and methods. I get that. It helps people understand things if there is more clarity. Jason’s point that HR has to influence senior leadership is spot on. HR without great senior leadership will flounder aimlessly in an organization. Trish’s point that we should knock compliance out and be seamless about it – also spot on. One of the most stinging criticisms I heard from senior management in the past is that HR doesn’t know its own field. Ouch !!
I happen to think that an answer to this situation is honestly simpler than this. HR lacks consistency. In our struggle to be everything for everybody, we not only lose any sense of identity, we lack a credible voice.
I just got back from a trip to San Francisco where I met with two great ends of the HR spectrum – lunch on the wharf with Mark Stelzner and coffee withBecky Denniston and Caty Kobe from Focus.com . Mark and I share a lot of common approach to HR and I’ve wanted to connect with him. To spend a great lunch together was a highlight of my trip. Becky and Caty are “new” to the business world compared to this author and they were fascinating !! Truly represent a bright future for all of us !!
We talked about the people in our lives, our work, people I encountered during my adventuresome 14 hour plane ride across the country. The common language of talking about people brought us together.
I don’t mean to sound like a simpleton. I just believe that HR is in trouble because it continues to focus on everything BUT people !!