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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

Conclusion:

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.

Reference:

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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How Much are Bad Managers Costing Your Company?

Harassment, discrimination or labor exploitation can become poison in the work environment. Bad attitude, micro-management, unqualified managers can be as toxic in the workplace.

How to cope with a toxic work environment?

We often hear in hours of leisure (lunch breaks) employees telling the terrible stories that turn their heads as the worst bosses they have ever known.

A toxic work environment is as harmful to health as smoking. That is why, some experts have provided advice on how to survive and come through with certain harmful working circumstances. In addition there are some strategies to determine why we can come to feel animosity towards our work.

How do you know if your workplace is or is not toxic? What happens to your boss or your coworkers? What to do about it ?

If all these questions come to your mind at times of tension in the company, you are probably in a toxic work environment. If you ask one or some of the following questions:

• Do you hate going to work every day?

• Does the work of two or more people, but you get paid the same salary?

• Do you feel little or no worth?

• Does your superior yells at you and your colleagues constantly?

• Have you asked for help, but nothing changes?

• Have you been asked to falsify reports?

• Have you been the victim of sexual harassment?

• Have you been the victim of discrimination based on race, sex, age, religion or sexual preference?

Toxic work

If you answered YES to one or more of these questions, you are working in a toxic work environment and this is due to people in positions of authority operate through abuse of power, ego, mistrust, paranoia, cruelty, injustice, inequality, pressure, greed, ambition and brutal disrespect that negatively effect everyone around them.

What could be possible solutions to a toxic work environment?

Of course, communicating to HR. Unfortunately, we don’t believe HR is there to help employees. We will cover Human Resources department role on a later article.

Changing Departments? Unfortunately, when you work for a very small company, this option may not be available. Even if you work a large corporation, most often than not, you won’t be able to transition to another department that easily.

Get a lawyer to write a letter to your boss, human resources and legal department, indicating that if the situation does not change, you will file a lawsuit for a hostile work environment, sexual harassment, unsafe conditions, etc. Companies hate lawsuits and bad publicity, and may well react.

When you start noticing that more full-time staff are leaving and consultants contracts terminated, you know there is a problem with the environment. There is not rapport and no team attitude among the ones left behind. The morale of the staff has been diminished by all of the coming and going of new employees. You can’t call that a ‘productive work environment’.

And if that does not work, it’s time to find a good company that respects its workers, you don’t need living in an adverse employment situation when the price to pay for your health is too high for something worth so little.

People leave managers not companies. I QUIT!

Share your bad managers moments or toxic work environments in the comment section.

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