HR Hartley

first_img Comments are closed. We must get to grips with the mundaneSomeone once said that Hell was just as likely to be found in clean,carpeted, warm and well-lit offices, populated by quiet men with white collarsand cut fingernails, as it was to be filled with little demons with pitchforks. It may have been CS Lewis, or it may have been the HR staff sitting aroundyou as they field yet another call on some trivial work issue. One of my darling team said they were sick of people phoning them up toanswer trivial questions when they could be ‘getting proactive’. I took this individual aside and in my own inimitable fashion told them tobloody well stop whingeing. Surely being proactive would involve puttingsystems in place to ensure that staff stopped asking you if the death of theirbudgie merited a couple of weeks off? Does the phrase ‘a bad workman always blames his tools’ spring to mind?Thank the Lord that things such as statute books remain firmly closed to my HRteam. The last thing I want is my HR staff trying to take on complicated thingssuch as legislative changes, when they can’t even successfully persuade workersto look on the intranet or read their employee manual. Sorry guys – you are in a people service, and the long and short of it isthat people are morons who need to be taken by the hand and led from the cradleto the grave. So take a deep breath, fix that HR smile on your face and come towork every day prepared to go walkies. Hartley, our new weekly columnist with strong opinion, is an HR directorat large Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article HR HartleyOn 16 Mar 2004 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more