One of the common misperceptions of Human Resources Departments is that they are there to protect and advocate for the employees. They should be there to protect and advocate for the employees because happy employees are necessary for a business to succeed. That doesn’t mean that HR should always take the employee’s side. They should take the overall picture of employee happiness into consideration. If you’re a slacker or a jerk, HR should be the department advocating for you to be “transitioned out” of the organization.
But, in many companies, HR is spineless. I received the following email from a reader. His company had changed the schedules without consulting employees. The employees complained and this followed:
Many employees complained to HR and HR said, “If you feel that the new work schedule will not work for some of you and you don’t agree and don’t sign the paper consider yourself no longer an employee of the company. We are not here to accommodate to you but to what’s best for the company.” Most of the employees took this as they were being threatened with their job if they did not agree and didn’t sign the paper. Why didn’t HR protect us?
Why indeed? Now, not knowing the details behind the working hours change, I have no idea whether the request was reasonable or unreasonable, but the employees obviously didn’t feel like it was reasonable. Why didn’t HR stand up and say “Hey, you can’t do this to the employees?”
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