by VentureStreet  Join Our Network
Why Is The HR Department Treated So Badly?
By George Mancuso



Of late I have seen more lack of appreciation of the HR professionals and the departments they staff, than ever before. Case in point:

I was recently with one my “C” level clients and got into a discussion of employee retention and using me as a retained recruiter. The conversation (by him) quickly moved to the HR department and his displeasure. I almost didn’t believe my ears when he described he Human Resource department as pure overhead expense plus a few other negatives.

Because he and I have successfully done business together several times in the past, I made a conscious decision to put my employee retention hat on and come to the aid of HR folks. I pointed out to him that most companies (his included) lay the following responsibilities directly onto the HR Director and their staffs’ shoulders:

Recruiting, Retention, Compliance, Safety, Drug Free Workplace Issues, Benefits, Compensation, Community Events, Disciplinary Counseling, Sexual Harassment Issues, Hostile Work Environment Issues, Job Offers, Terminations, Exit Interviews, New Hire Paperwork, Scheduled Performance Review Paperwork, Handbook Policies And A Confidant To You…..and now you tell me that you view this department as direct overhead line item to your P & L? Do you really mean that?

I will tell you ladies and gentlemen that after a 2 ½ hour gut wrenching and sometimes professionally heated discussion he said to me; “….You are one of the few people that could get away talking to me like this. But after listening to you, I have to admit that I have in all probability misaligned my thinking about our HR staff. So tell me Mr. Employee Retention Specialist, how to I fix this relationship between me and the HR team?” Fortunately the light had come on in his head and we set the healing process in motion.

I tell you this true story because it is played out every day in businesses. My relationship with the HR department as a retained recruiter and/or retention specialists is one of a business partner not as an adversarial relationship. Are there bad apples in all industries/job titles? Of course, but the companies that thrive, seem to willing share respect to all team members beginning at the highest level of management or ownership. If it is not demonstrated there, it won’t be demonstrated throughout the organizational chart of team players.

I sincerely believe what I’ve told here so much so that I even have an Open Letter To HR Professionals on my website. The occupation of Human Resource Professional truly ranks in the top five. Be kind to each other and keep on doing what you do best…..people management.

Regards,
George F. Mancuso, CPC
President/CEO
Client Growth Consultants, Inc.
www.ClientGrowthConsultants.com



Need some help with your human resources? Get matched to local HR specialists near you.
Find HR Companies
Other articles you may like:
CT Is the 1st State To Mandate Paid Sick Leave
Effective January 1, 2012 certain employers will be required to provide 5 days of paid...

Entrepreneurs and Job Hunting
Many Entrepreneurs have a 'day' or 'night' job, while they are building their business.

Best Practices to Select “Successfully Matched” Employees
One of the biggest challenges facing HR professionals in the highly competitive and...

CPR For Job Seekers
"My interview is today, what am I going to do, oh boy, oh man. I'm nervous. I'm...

Entrepreneurs: How do You Empower Your Employees?
The benefits of empowering your employees and recognizing their untapped value to the...

Be the first to find this article helpful.
Need some help with your human resources? Get matched to local HR specialists near you.
About the Author

George Mancuso, Client Growth Consultants, Inc.
409 16th Avenue
Grinnell, IA 50112
641-236-7910

If you would like to re-print this article, please contact the author.
Other articles you may like:
You're Turnover Number Doesn't Bother you?...It Should!
Excess Turnover can be very costly. Here's why and some tips on how to avoid it.

Alternative to the Annual Review
Annual employee performance reviews may do more harm than good

Identify and Hire Top Performers
The key to retaining employees starts in the interview process

And All Other Duties As Assigned
Job descriptions are a useful management tool, but many smaller companies don't keep...

Study reveals 60% of work interruptions are caused by Social Media Activities
Study reveals 60% of employee work-place distractions are caused by e-mail, social...

Editorial Disclaimer: The views expressed in articles published on this website are those of the authors alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of this website or its staff. The articles on this site do not constitute a recommendation or endorsement with respect to any views, company, or product. Authors affirm that article submissions are their original content or that they have permission to reproduce.

Home   |   Articles & Videos   |   Affiliates   |   Networking Groups   |   Search by Category   |   Professionals

Terms of Use   |   Privacy   |   About Us   |   Contact Us   |   Member Login

© 2003-2014 - VentureStreet, LLC

Join Our Business Network