HR Useless Department

HR: The Useless Department?

Everybody has a Human Resources horror story, which is why, in the words of one writer, HR is widely thought of as “at best, a necessary evil — and at worst, a dark bureaucratic force that blindly enforces nonsensical rules, resists creativity, and impedes constructive change.” HR, goes the refrain, is too important to be left to HR. [Forbes, 2013]

My experience goes for good, to bad to worse. In the consultancy business, you almost never deal with HR except during the interview process or during termination of contract (this includes, contract ending by contractual agreement or termination).

HR was useless

As an employee, I find this department to be useless because they serve their masters ‘the managers’ and not the slaves ‘the employees’. HR does what the manager wants. If they want to get rid of you or replace you, they will use HR to accomplish that.

You are fired

In other words, employees bring their concerns to the attention of the human resources personnel, and the response was less than helpful, and perhaps even made the situation worse.

If HR’s ‘real job’ is to cover up for poor morale and negligent behavior of line managers or executives then HR should be an extension of the general legal office and be staffed with attorneys to document everything, in preparation for either individual or class action suits.

dysfunctional organization

In the book, “How Organizations Empower the bully boss: a criminal in the workplace,” employees MUST understand there is no one in the organization willing to assist in any fight or survival of a hostile workplace with a bully boss. Workers are like a commodity treated no better than cattle in some workplaces where there is a bully boss waiting to devour them. I have witnessed the beaten up demoralized workers who were once exceptional, reduced to a far less productive individual, thanks to bully bosses.

Frankly, the only message I am sending to folks is protect yourself anyway you can because there is no one out there coming to rescue you from the bully boss or those who protect the bully-M.Veincentotzs


Corporations have Human Resource Departments, it’s sickening when you recognize the language they use to describe us, but they won’t use the word slave as people would catch on too quick.  Egos like to have titles or at least identify others who have lesser titles than they.  It is always about who has more.  They fight each other using the slaves as their cannon fodder in their wars to determine who gets to control what, in the end the slaves never have a better future.

So how do we deal with the managers of the HR system that are doing what they are doing out of survival and ego? Questions or Comments? Join us on the discussion.


It’s time for companies to fire their human resources department by Forbes, 2013

How Organizations Empower the Bully Boss:A Criminal in the Workplace by MARILYN E. VEINCENTOTZS, 2009

Justin is a Sr. Analyst / Consultant. He has been a dedicated SAS programmer for over 5 years now.

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