May 6th, 2009

Video: The Real HR


Confessions from a former director of the department of “Dark Arts.” from Fired! (c) 2007 Shout Factory

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  1. Susie Gudino says:

    So does that mean that every HR that exists in the U.S. is not doing what they’re supposed to be doing? Are they all like this? Why do companies have this position then? What is their purpose?

    • Carlos B says:

      Not sure if you’re still reading this blog, from your January submission.

      Your question? HR is not really your friend, please consider them just as this video explains.

      They will be the cause of your dismissal. HR is only -good- for benefit administration. Are their exceptions, well, somewhere. I have never found HR to be of help. Other than when they are processing your as a new hire.

      If they can find a bus to throw you under, they will. Or locate one as fast as possible. Never, never complain about any employee or manager to this department.

      Other than my obvious cynicism, beware of what you tell them. They are not the same as a school counselor.

      Remember they are hired to support the purpose of management.

      • RH says:

        The big question is – Who is on our side? There should be an independent representative that looks out for and stands up for the rights of the employee. A watchdog to ensure managers, HR and their companies aren’t allowed to get away with the abusive behavior that forces good employees to leave, so that employers don’t have to pay them unemployment benefits. Their abusive behavior truly traumatizes and damages the self-esteem of employees and can make it difficult to find another job afterwords, due to flashbacks the employee has from their past employer and anxiety that the same thing might happen to them again. Bullying needs to be taken very seriously. There really needs to be some organization to protect the worker.

  2. Steve Openshaw says:

    I was harrased my my supervisor at Syngenta for two years. In desperation I went to HR who “arranged” for a mediated (by HR) discussion. According to the so-called Syngenta Code of Conduct, “Syngenta assures employees who raise issues that it will take no adverse action against them for reporting conduct by others that may be in violation of the Code”. The meeting never happened: instead, my position was eliminated within days.

  3. Laid Off and Healthier says:

    I totally agree with this after experiencing almost exactly the same reactions from HR at a company I was with for ten years (stellar performance every year). The department I worked in went to HR as a group to try to resolve an issue with a Bully Boss. HR nodded and took notes in our meetings. A few weeks later I was selected as the sacrificial lamb and was part of the next round of layoffs. It worked. No one else is saying anything about the continued bullying for fear of losing their jobs. They’re all on medication, but I’m not. Four months later, the company is advertising for my replacement, but it’s now an entry level position. I’d work in the sewers before I’d go back to that toxic environment.

  4. Rochelle says:

    Yep. HR is there to support managers and to protect the company against lawsuits. Managers can violate companies policy but if they don’t violate the law, then HR is not compelled to do anything. They suck.

  5. Cindy says:

    I agree that HR is not there for the employee but for management. I worked for 14 years at my last job. The HR people got younger and snippier. The last thing they were interested in was helping the employee. One HR person was down right rude and so incompetent she couldn’t even answer questions about benefits for people. Have you ever heard of someone getting a written warning for being upset and rude after being demeaned by an HR person? Happened to me. I didn’t know being upset was worthy of a warning and being rude was a reaction to the rudeness I was receiving. We started calling them inhuman resources and no one wanted to go to them for anything.

  6. Torryann says:

    In my case HR is the bully. I’ve reported it several times to upper management to only be told that we all need to get along. She has given me the finger from another Managers office, due to a workers comp injury my work station was evaluated and adjusted by an expert, a month later my work station was moved to the front door while I was at lunch. It complicated my injury, I sat there for 6 weeks before my boss had me moved back. I am currently recovering from surgery due to the complication. She has spoken badly about me, she threatened that anyone who was friends with a specific gal at work were going to be her targets and guess what, I am friends with that girl. She has called me data entry in emails to the entire office staff when I am actually the purchasing agent. It is brutal and upper management just keeps telling me they know she’s a problem, but they do nothing..I am looking for another job, but until I am fully healed from my work related injury it’s impossible. We need laws on the books preventing this behavior.

  7. LB says:

    As an aside to HR as bullies. I think that when the general population thinks of a “bully”, the image of an unkempt, inarticulate brute is conjured up, but that couldn’t be further from the truth, although there may be some that resemble the aforementioned, but most bullies look like the average person in any workplace, and usually possess the ability to conceal their true identities.
    HR is the perfect cover, and like most bullies, they always conceal their true intentions behind the facade of “helping”.
    I often wonder, why is an HR rep. present during interviews?
    My guess is, it is purely from a legal perspective, and has nothing to do with ability.

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