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HR Secrets You Don’t Know About

HR Secrets You Don’t Know About

Hamsa Ramesha | ManagerLInk

Watch Your Back

Because HR won’t, even if they want to. HR has the company’s back first, yours second. They’ll be your advocate as far as they can be, but at the end of the day, you’ve got to tough it out on your own. Thinking about reporting your boss or complaining to HR? Make sure it’s worth it. Despite policies and company jargon, tattle tales always look weak and the employer will probably get the benefit from the doubt. Plus, you’re inevitably burning a bridge as far as corporate culture goes. (Sexual harassment is a different story.)

HR Doesn’t Know it All…

They used to. Human Resource departments used to be the backbone of the company, handling everything from firing, hiring, training, and everything in between. And then came the Great Recession. Company downsizing equals outsourcing HR. That means all those HR functions are now the responsibility of third parties, reducing many HR departments to a handful of staff pushing papers and other administrative duties. You think HR has all the power? Think again.

…Because We’re Human After All

Not aliens from Mars, or creatures from another universe. The HR department is made up of plain ol’ humans just like you. Prick us, and we bleed; abuse us, and we’ll go cry in the corporate bathroom – or make your life miserable because we can. Contrary to popular belief, HR isn’t made up of evil masterminds plotting your demise. Like any other department, they’re just doing what they’re being paid to do, and sometimes that might mean making your job harder. Respect the limits of HR and acknowledge that they do what they can. Honey trumps vinegar at the workplace, every time.