Admit it - you've had one of those days before where you wondered if you were making any impact at all. Easy to get caught up in transactions, and like any else who's "living the vida-corporate", it's easy to wonder if anyone would miss you if you went away. Or if your function went away...
What about it, Sparky? Would anyone miss you? If the HR function at your company went away, what would they miss about not having you around? That's what the Happy Employee recently asked. Take a look and ponder..
From the Happy Employee:
"Without any HR professionals around the economy wouldn't fall apart, but in the first weeks I assume there would be problems with salary payments and nobody would know where to find the templates to issue employment contracts to new hires. Of course, it wouldn't take long for finance to step in with payroll and legal would take care of contracts.
And here's the challenge
The worldwide fraternity of senior executives meets 6 months after the HR rapture to discuss why they miss HR. What would they say?"
The analysis provided is straight up money. You think Finance couldn't figure out a way to get the transactions done? If anything payroll related was your answer, don't pass go. Walk straight to the outsourcing center.
My take? I can't get in the minds of the people I work for, but I think they would point to three areas - maybe not in the first day, or the first week. But when week #2 rolled around, I think they would say they miss the competent HR team in the following areas:
-Recruiting - "Moving through hundreds of candidates, or doing a passive search when we don't is a lot harder than I thought. What am I supposed to say when I do call someone for the first time? Let's just hire some headhunters - the unbudgeted 6 figures is easier than doing it ourselves..."
-Employee Relations - "I wish we still had the HR team to block and tackle this EEOC charge. Man, is that messy. Did we have these when they were here? Seems like the responses and the adjustments we had to make just kind of happened.
-Coaching - "I wish we still had the HR team so we could bounce things off them in a confidential manner. I don't have anyone I can talk to about my team and how to handle different situations. Who am I supposed to talk to? Chuck? He's a walking harassment claim..."
Those are my first takes to what would be said. What are yours?