Open Season on Human Resources (HR). When Will it End?

Do you know the saying that goes something like this . . . I can trash talk lazy-good-for-nothing-never-lifted-a-finger-in-his-life-to-help-another Uncle Larry but you can't. He's family and he's mine.

Well, the same thing goes for Human Resource professionals. If you don't have something good to say, don't say anything at all. <Silence ensues>

I get it. As a profession, HR has it's challenges. But what profession doesn't?


The sun was shining, the humidity broke and I had off today. The kid was at art camp and I sat down to eat my Panera fuji apple chicken salad with BB in hand. I opened my email and I see this:

New Study Shows How Bad HR Can Hurt Sales. 

Seems there is a new report out there that shows a company’s HR practices can have a major impact on its bottom line. Gheesh, we know that. We also know that company leadership, corporate culture, reputation and a host of other things impact a company's bottom line - why is HR on the chopping table again?

Many of you probably received the same email. I am not going to identify it or link to it because my issue  isn't with the survey at all. It was just one of the many press releases I receive each week. In fact, I didn't even read the email or the press release attached. 

It's the principle of the thing.

Listen, if you are not going to say something to forward the HR agenda positively than I really am not interested in what you have to say. I can talk trash talk HR but you can't - at least not to me.  Ok?

There are a whole bunch of HR professionals out there working to make a difference every day. My Google reader and Twitter stream is full of them. They deserve recognition, accolades and support. 


Rant over.