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  •  HR's dirty little secret: they're not there to (5+ / 0-)

    defend employees or help them advance. They're there to keep the corporate employer from being sued by its employees.

    I used to think that HR was on the side of the employees. When I expressed my naivete to someone who'd once worked in HR, she (somewhat) patiently asked me, "Do you really think that the company pays a whole team of HR generalists and specialists to protect you against the company?"

    She then detailed some of the tasks she'd had to perform, like listening sympathetically to an employee's tale of managerial malfeasance or workplace hostility, and then putting every negative comment possible into the employee's file. Stuff like "employee wouldn't look me in the eye," "one statement contradicted another," and other disclaimer-type stuff that could be used to defend the company against the employee in case of a lawsuit. She called some of her former colleagues "bloodsuckers" who pretended to side with the employee, then collected promotions and bonuses for defending the company against its own employees. She said that although the work was "very lucrative," it was also incredibly stressful to someone whose good intentions ended up benefiting some very bad business practices.

    I'm a Democrat - I believe that government has a positive role to play in the lives of ordinary people.

    by 1BQ on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 03:33:45 PM PST

    •  This is why the good HR people end up leaving (2+ / 0-)
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      an organization. They just can't stand having to screw over the employees in order to keep their jobs and advance.

      I once made the mistake of filing a complaint against an employee who made some extremely crass sexual remarks to me in front of a group. All "HR" wanted to do was have me sit down with the offender and agree that it was all a thing of the past and we could have some "Kumbaya" moment. Useless. Utterly useless.

      Those who do not understand history are condemned to repeat it... in summer school.

      by cassandracarolina on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 04:14:47 PM PST

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