When you’re an HR person, for the first few years everything is interesting and sometimes shocking. The longer you’re there the less shocking things become—because you’ve seen it before.
Someone’s watching porn in the office? Yep, time for a firing and disinfecting, but this person wasn’t the first and won’t be the last.
Someone made a racial slur in the break room? Time for training and a possible firing, depending on the situation. But, sometimes, there are things that shock even the most hardened HR employees.
Here are some stories from real people about horrible things they’ve encountered in the workplace. In some cases, HR fixed the problem. In other’s HR just made the situation worse.
Disciplined for Reporting a Problem
Thomas (all names have been changed), discovered vulnerability in his company’s cyber security. He fixed it and documented the fix. Another co-worker accused Thomas of hacking the system and causing the problem. As Thomas tried to explain what really went on, the boss proceeded to publicly rake him over the coals.
Thomas says, “That was the last time I reported a cyber vulnerability. I’m sorry to say, but it’s better to have the company attacked and taken down than go through that again.”
To read the other stories, click here: Real Life HR Horror Stories