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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

9 Signs Your HR Manager is Terrible

HR departments are often maligned as glorified paper pushers, but a good human resource manager is an invaluable resource, advising you on your people, management techniques, hiring and developing programs that will help you succeed.

What--you say your HR manager isn't doing that? Then it may be the time to show him, or her, the door.

Here are 9 red flags that your HR manager is doing a terrible job. Ignore them at your own risk.

First up: He Never Says, "We Need to Ask the Lawyers."


Anonymous said...

our company's HR is just like this HR who described in the post. unfortunately our BIG BOSS doesn't understand that he need to send HR lady HOME!!! i wish our boss would get to know about her real face.

Regan said...

Our company is great. We have a special corporate counsel who consults with our department on these matters. It's too bad every company can't implement something like this.

Anonymous said...

Item 9, dead on. Our HR department is well known for not tackling the specific issue but rather issuing or reiterating a policy. It leaves all the folks who aren't violating the policy feeling as if HR is nothing but a big, bad authority figure, particularly since this is 80% of the interaction they have with the department.

The thing is, whenever this happens, you hear nearly EVERYONE asking why they don't just talk to the person causing the problem, because that person will never see themselves in the blanket policy. So why does everyone see this BUT HR?

Kerouac said...

I agree with all these, and I pride myself in taking a pretty good approach to all nine. But at least once a week I will hear one of the following remarks corresponding to EHRL's 9 signs:

1. I thought we had HR so we didn't have to contact an attorney every time the Dept. of Labor calls...

2. I had a great employee in the mid-80s who was a real diamond in the rough. Why can't you find me another one of those?

3. Why do you care how I do my job? Are you after me?

4. You're supposed to support me, not oppose everything I say.

5. I don't even know why we have policies. You made an exception again.

6. If I need you help with my area, I'll ask for it.

7. Fire anyone today?

8. Nice graphs, but isn't HR supposed to be about people?

9. How am I supposed to know what to do if you don't give me a written policy?

Gary496 said...

This post made me laugh, and is a classic case for most HR managers everywhere. lol

Jason | Employee Scheduling said...

The worst is sending unqualified candidates for interviews. Nothing wastes more time than that!

Anonymous said...

I don't think HR ought to have a role in hiring, anyway, besides background checks and that kind of stuff.

But the #1 reason that your HR manager is terrible and ought to be fired? If he is a prominent member of the Westboro Baptist Church who spends his off time protesting funerals and other tragic events and throwing around hateful slurs.