Trust me, I’m in HR

I am interested in HR and the conflicts that seem to exist within; and I’m interested in how the HR function  inadvertently gets in its own way.  I read a lot about the role of HR.

Generally I think more about the workplace from the perspective how people plan and work together than I do specifically HR and its systems.  From time to time, like most people, I work with HR and sometimes it’s good, and sometimes, it’s not so good.

It seems to me that much of HR and reinforcing management systems are based on mistrust.   In particular, mistrust of middle managers, who in turn, mistrust their staff.  Or does the mistrust start with the managers and contaminate the HR perspective?

Sometimes in our on line world, my impression is that those working in HR view others as somehow, less.

I wonder – if you work in HR do you trust the people you work with?

  • Do you trust managers to decide what “appropriate dress” looks like in practice, even if you disagree?
  • Do you trust a manager to make a judgement over whether a member of their team is competent in a particular area – even if you disagree?
  • Do you trust managers to be able to make choices over when, who and why they recruit someone – even if you disagree?
  • Do you trust them to be able to make their own meaning of the relationships around them?
  • Do you trust them to be able to make choices and decisions that are different from those that you may make?

Do you trust yourself?

Do you want your colleagues to trust you?

The “you” in this question may be you, the reader, or it may be the function within which you work.  Whichever, I see and hear so much control, and so much distrust on both sides, so many systems built to control.

Is there something you can let go of so that people can flourish through their own discovery?  The most effective managers are their own mini HR function.    How can invite more managers to be their own tour de force ?

What could be better for your organisation if building mutual trust were the focus of your attention?

“I do my thing and you do yours.
I am not in this world to live up to your expectations,
And you are not in this world to live up to mine.
You are you, and I am I,
And if by chance we find each other, then it is beautiful.
If not, it can’t be helped.”
Frederick S. Perls”

What can you do to help? Buy someone #22mealsforacoffee (That’s 22 meals for the price of a £3 coffee…)

Tweeting, blogging – I read stuff daily, most of which I enjoy, some of which makes me say #grrrr and much of which makes me think. A lot of it feels like rhetoric. Here’s something that’s made me think, which is brief and to the point, and turns the rhetoric into action.

Jack Monroe

While typing my previous post, I had a bit of a brainwave.
And I wonder if I can get something going here, with almost 10,000 Twitter followers, 5,000 Facebook fans, 2,000 Facebook friends, 3,000 email subscribers…
I wonder if…
If, instead of spending £3 on a coffee today, tomorrow, this week, you could do this instead.
Go to your nearest supermarket, and buy the following: (I’ve priced mine at Sainsburys, but other major supermarkets are similarly priced):
2 tins of baked beans – 22p each
1 jar of fish paste – 32p
1 can of sardines – 55p
1 tin of chopped tomatoes – 31p
1 tin of carrots – 20p
1 loaf of bread – 50p
1 jar of jam – 29p
1 bag of pasta – 39p
TOTAL: £3.00
And go and put it in a carrier bag and take it straight to your local food bank, or…

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