People Love to Hate HR

People don’t like HR. Admit it, you don’t. Nobody you know actually likes HR either. They are the lawyers of the organization and nobody likes a lawyer….that is, unless you need one to defend you.

In Dilbert cartoons, HR is the cat. Or consider Michael’s disdain for Toby.

But imagine for a moment, what you would do if HR just went “poof” and vanished? A puff of smoke and then they are gone without a trace. Or maybe they’d melt into the floor like someone Wicked Witch from the Wizard of Oz.

I’m sure at first, there might be a collective cheer. That lazy evil office lady or guy that no one really knows what they do…..would you even miss them for a second? Probably not at first.

But imagine the next day. Who would record your work attendance or fix your time clock or input your missed punch when you forgot to clock in? Who would do your payroll so you would get paid? Who would put your bonus in our submit your forms for family medical leave? Who would you call in to when sick? Who would fix your benefit issue or your work comp claim or file your short term disability insurance with Aflac? Who could you complain to about the bully on your shift?

And then, there’s the other stuff like who would make the company coffee or post the company newsletter or schedule the company cook-out and bring a lot of dishes? Who would say thanks to you on National Secretary day or whatever? Who would setup the company kitchen or bring donuts in for breakfast or plan the Company Olympics sporting events?

Yeah, you wouldn’t have to worry about those dumb documents to sign for the federal government or endless paperwork or stupid boring orientation classes to attend. But then, who would teach you what the rules of the company are or get you a badge or go over the organizational chart with you or explain the rules of fire safety in case the boiler downstairs explodes in a giant fireball and you’re caught in the inferno.

Admit it. You don’t like HR. But you kinda need them… a bit. They are not lazy douche bags or good for nothing losers that can’t get a job in any other department. They actually work pretty hard.

I’ve heard the complaint that HR hire people for jobs that they know nothing about… say engineering or welding. But did you ever consider that they are the only one filling the holes in the boat so it doesn’t sink? Or did you consider that of course they don’t know all a welder does but they are expected to know the general job descriptions of some 50 or so jobs in the company and that does technically require quite a lot of brainpower and confidence?

HR spend all day long listening to employee complaints. Come on, honestly….does anyone in your company go to the HR office to chit chat? Maybe the maintenance guy but other than that no. Face it, you show up in that door of that HR office, you and HR both know that you are only there to drop a problem in their lap. That HR person is locked in committed to 8 hours a day of fixing problems for folks that have a general disdain or even outright obvious dislike for HR.

It takes a lot of moxy to be an HR manager. They are poorly paid lawyers. Let’s be honest, as a member of the administrative staff who knows exactly everyone’s pay, HR already knows they make less money per hour than you. But they are there anyway and willing to listen to your complaint or problem and ignore your sidebar jabs about their work performance in order to get the job done and keep you happy.

HR is a thankless job.

People say they don’t contribute to the numbers or the creation of the products but I disagree for one simple reason, the word called recruitment.


You honestly believe you can get out those 800 widgets in 6 hours without the necessary staff numbers to do it?

Mmm-kay. Keep believing HR people are absolutely worthless and I got some swamp land in Louisiana to sell you.

Author: J. Speer

I like to write. I have 5 books currently on Amazon, mostly fiction. I try to write positive and uplifting children's stories, expressive poetry for women, and interesting articles about personal growth, alternative medicine, and spirituality. My stories are often about diverse people but with human connection in mind through inner perspective. I love my characters especially the ones from my first book, Searching for Fire. I moved recently to Vermont. I live in the North Country region near Lake Willoughby, one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. My heart will always be with Kansas but I love travel and meeting new people with diverse perspectives on life. I have found Vermonters to have many admirable qualities like stoicism and a love and stewardship of nature. My hobbies are writing, gardening, outdoor activities like kayaking, fishing, and hiking. I am an amateur herbalist. Many years ago, an alternative medicine doctor cured me of a respiratory illness by teaching me about vitamins and for that, I owe her a debt of gratitude. I recently bought a Jeep Wrangler that fits my personality and love for adventure. Associated with the military in my younger years, I have lived in Israel, Germany, and Virginia as well - all of which I loved in different ways. I thoroughly believe in the military spouse phrase, "bloom where you are planted" and endeavor to carry a positive optimism wherever I roam. Most days are good but admittedly I get down sometimes. I am prone to sadness or severe cynicism at times, so I turn to music as my consolation and source of expression or inspiration. My favorite songs currently are "How Deep is Your Love" by the Beegees, "La Vie en Rose", "A Million Dreams" or maybe Karen Carpenter singing "Close to You" or Elton John singing "Your Song." I also like "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us" by Starship or "I'll Stand by You" by The Pretenders. "Faithfully" by Journey always reminds me of rollerskating with friends in the 1980s. My favorite quotes are from the Velveteen Rabbit, Steve Jobs, and this one..."To the caterpillar it was the end of the world, but to the butterfly it was merely a beautiful beginning." Or there is the quote from Peter Pan teaching Wendy..."What if I fall? But, oh my darling, what if you fly?" I also believe in being a pearl - graceful on the outside but full of grit and gratitude on the inside. My favorite women of the Bible are Ruth, Hannah, and Hagar. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Cheers, friend.

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