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Remember that Fast Company article entitled "Why We Hate HR"?    Man, did we talk a lot about that one.

Guess what?  They are still less than enamored with us.  So says a new study from Vertitude entitled,Hate_hr_2 "“Working Together, Working Apart: When It Comes to Workforce Planning, HR and Business Leaders Agree Their Working Relationship Needs Work.”.

You can read the study or just bounce over to John Hollon's blog at Workforce, where he's broken it down for all of us.   The study contains all the normal hand-wringing buzzwords, including Strategy, a Seat at the Table and not to be forgotten, Change Management.  The study says HR's not meeting the expectations in any of them.  Got it...

Just click to John's blog and read the rest, as well as the 38 comments from a nice little cross section of the HR DNA pool.  There are all the normal people - those who are angry, the whiners, etc.  All the stereotypes.  My favorite part of Hollon's coverage?  The following statement from John:

"We’ve written here (on numerous occasions) about the change management skills HR people need to be effective in today’s fluid and frenetic business world. I can only wonder when the HR profession finally will find the means—and moxie—to fight back, rather than absorbing a new pummeling every few weeks."

Word up, John.  Let's stop wringing our hands and start acting like we belong.  Please.  Every time you comment on a story like this one, you guarantee five similar studies/articles will come along in the next year.

So be different - don't comment, don't lash out.   Put your energy into cramming the stereotype down the world's throat by being a different type of HR pro.


Bob Gately

When HR helps managers hire for talent HR is held in high regard.

Talent is something employees bring to their jobs not something they can acquire after they are hired.

To hire for talent we must measure talent.

It is the measurement of talent that is the hard part. Most HR departments don't measure talent even if they do assess for competence.

Talent is not competence.

Bob Gately
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Well put, Kris. You don't hear CEOs and CFOs whining like this. Deeds, not words, and certainly not complaints, will change the perception of HR.

Matthew E. Johnson, Ph.D.

Excellent advice - I could not agree with you more. Nobody ever complained about somebody who provides value.

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