In my last post I talked about some positives in HR. In this post I want to discuss some not so positives in HR. These are strictly my own opinion.
One not so positive is our philosophy of always wanting to be validated. Or to have a “seat” at the table with the “strategic” executives of the organization. This has always been one of my pet peeves. From my point of view, we are the only business function that is always trying to prove their worth. This has been my experience from both the military and the business side of HR. You don’t see other business functions spend as much time talking about validation and a seat at the table as we do.
If you are HR and you need someone else to validate what you do for your organization, chances are you are not currently adding value. HR is the only business function that should be integrated with every other business function. HR has a role in the success of each business function. Or at least HR should have role in the success of each business function.
If you are HR and you currently don’t believe you have a seat at the “strategic” table in your organization. You should just go to the table, pull out a chair and sit down at the table. Don’t wait for an invite. Because if you are waiting for an invite to the strategic table, you will never receive one.
Now I don’t mean to literally pull out a chair and sit down. What I do mean is that you have to be proactive in finding methods to provide value and to help build operational capacity. Everything we do as HR should lead back to building operational capacity for our organization. As HR professionals we have a tendency to be reactive and to wait for challenges to come to us. We have to overcome this mindset and have a plan in place prior to any challenges rising up. We should always be thinking of ways to make ourselves better and our organization better.
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