Trench HR, especially employee relations, is a complex, hand slapping, no-you-can't-do-that kind of a profession.
It's all about the rules and as HR pros, we need to make sure supervisors maintain a healthy respect for the system, do what we tell them to do, don't give employees an inch because they will take a mile and above all, be afraid . . . be very afraid.
That's not my kind of HR.
Taking what we know as HR pros (with our junior lawyer cards tucked safely away) to educate supervisors, make HR understandable and accessible, work with managers to address employee issues and concerns, and to teach, train, mentor, and advise . . .now, that's my kind of HR.
Actually, that's my kind of anything.