The HR function is all frills and no substance! Is
this your idea of an HR department too? Well, you are not alone! I am sure that
you would say that HR is just about being nice, looking good, and talking well.
It is true, I won't deny that that this is not what we do, but
the issue is people are not ready to accept that if the world has evolved so
has the HR function.
The HR professional is expected to keep smiling, be nice,
patient, manage fun at work, and somehow pull a rabbit from a hat when it is
time for the annual review. We should work a miracle and increase salary for
all the employees of the company. So the image of any HR is dependent on a couple
of factors: 1) If the person is a good listener, 2) how well is s/he able to
control his emotions, and 3) how good is the appraisal. Well, HR does not
run the global economy but we are expected to – all the time!
All employees share and vent out their frustrations
with the HR professional. They want us to be very supportive that actually
means we need to nod to everything and anything that employees say while we may
actually feel otherwise. Boss – we are in the same boat just as you! We too have something that is too hyped
nowadays – professionally called as EQ.
It’s strange that how employees can go through a
rough day and probably can still get away with it. But HR, we are Gods, we have
to smile despite the storm and still look good as it were just a mere breeze. We
can also go through a rough day and might not be at our best behaviour every
day. Please give us that breathing space as we too are not perfect. Just as you
we have had the same education, maybe followed the same daily routine, and most
importantly we have performance appraisals. Just as You!! So how come only reading
few different subjects frame a different personality?
The irony is that we have “Human” in the profession
– "Human Resources" and we are not identified as a part of the system. The idea of
sharing my experiences is just a humble effort to get some recognition for the
HR community in the changing schema of organisational systems, operations, and
processes. So, when you meet the HR, please take a pause, and listen to him/her
as well for s/he too has a story to tell.
is an HR professional with experience across industries like Outsourcing,
Consulting, and Support.