What? Why would someone like me say that HR people who want to blow up HR are wrong?
Because of the following statement, which is the best compliment I've ever received. I wish I heard this one more:
"You're not like other HR people I've known."
Boom. That's the standard we're looking for. Take all the normal low expectations people have for HR, and deliver something different. Make them notice. Make them see that HR can be something upscale, positive and progressive. Whatever that is to you, make them see that, then influence them into saying the words above.
The answer isn't to cease to be HR. It's to redefine what HR can and should be.
Why the rant today? I've heard some people wax poetic recently that the answer for HR is to stop being HR. To be embedded in the business. To know the business.
So far, so good. Then trouble happens as they continue:
We need to be strategic. Stop talking like an HR person. Be known as a business person, not HR.
That's where they lose me. There's a body of knowledge that only a talented HR pro can deliver, and that's the reason I can't agree with those that say the best way to deal with the perception of HR is to leave the profession.
Instead of thinking you can't be affiliated with all the weak people in HR, stand up for the profession.
Make people say, "You're not like other HR people I've known."
That's the way to fix the perception problem in the HR industry. If you're not willing to take that on, who will?