No one trusts HR. Changing the name from “Personnel” to the precious and chirpy term “Human Resources” (”our people are our best resources”) doesn’t change the function or the people in it. So what is the point of the charade, pretending that HR represents employees when it really represents and protects management?
Oh Jeez, boss. You couldn’t give me this feedback privately? You had to embarrass me in front of all of my readers? I love fan mail, but you, my friend, are a little behind the times, since the term “HR” is now a bit dated and the phrase “people function” is more en vogue.
Nomenclature aside, you are doing yourself and others a disservice by denigrating a critical function that has evolved and improved dramatically from its early days as a mostly administrative function. HR — I mean, the people function — is now far more strategic and focused on the factors that help to make the workplace and work enriching, rewarding, safe and inclusive for everyone — and the last time I checked, management were employees, too. And while we do love to lampoon HR on television and in film with characters who are more like caricatures, the reality is that you can and should trust HR and make them your ally in your career. Now, about that raise, boss?
I notice everyone seems to be having side conversations on Slack messaging while Zoom meetings are taking place. Is this normal and appropriate?
It’s common, but it’s not appropriate if those side conversations distract from the focus of the meeting or undermine it in any way. Teams will often use Slack to be able to communicate with each other to help make sure they stay on track and refine talking points based on what’s going on in the meeting. That’s fine, and designed to make the meeting stronger. What isn’t appropriate is when people are off topic on the side or gossiping, which happens way too often. Be present and keep sidebars focused on improving the meeting, not trolling your colleagues.
Gregory Giangrande has over 25 years of experience as a chief HR executive. Hear Greg Wednesdays at 9:35 a.m. on iHeartRadio 710 WOR with Len Berman and Michael Riedel. E-mail: [email protected] Follow: GoToGreg.com and on Twitter: @greggiangrande