Recently I saw this comment on an HR blog post and couldn’t resist discussing it. Most of us would be quick to defend the work we do, but I’m looking for some strong, well thought out responses to the criticism. I’m going to post my own response tomorrow, so be sure to come back to see what I’m thinking.
HR is not relevant in any workplace. It is merely glorified administration that serves no real purpose other than to suck resources from the business the HR ‘professionals’ (I use that term somewhat ironically) are supposed to support.
The real professionals who are tasked with generating fee revenue in order to pay for all the other staff in the business feel let down by HR people calling themselves a profession where they are in fact redundant and have only spent decades attempting to demonstrate their relevance, with mixed success.
So what are your thoughts? Does HR deserve this sort of criticism, or is there more to it than the alleged redundancy and irrelevance?