Time and again I learn about situations where employees erroneously believed that the human resources office was their friend in helping to resolve a workplace conflict or problem. The truth is maybe yes, quite possibly no.
Understanding the multifaceted roles and true loyalties of HR is an important starting place. Toward that end, from SmartMoney.com via Yahoo!, here’s an interesting piece by Jim Rendon, 10 Things Human Resources Won’t Say:
1. “We’re Squeezed Too.”
2. “We’re Not Always Your Advocate…”
3. “…But We Can Help Your Career.”
4. “Want the job? Then You’ll Want to Get to Know Us.”
5. “Yes, Facebook Can Get You Fired.”
6. “In Some Companies, We’re Not Very Useful at All.”
7. “You’re Not Paranoid — We are Watching You.”
8. “Read the Fine Print.”
9. “We Know More About You Than You think.”
10. “We Love Tests.”
It echoes some of the observations made in one of this blog’s most popular posts, “HR was useless”, which discusses some of the realities of relying on HR to help workers.
Targets of workplace bullying, sexual harassment, etc., and potential whistleblowers, take heed.