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Susan M. Heathfield

How Does Human Resources Think?

By February 1, 2014

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Have you ever wondered how Human Resources staff members think - or need to think? - or have to think? Even the simplest employee question raises countless red flags for an employer's HR team. Human Resources staff walk a five-pronged path. How do you satisfy all five stakeholders while treating the current employee fairly?

Five Stakeholders Merit Human Resources Attention

What's best for the employer? What's best for the employee? What's legal or required by a government agency? What sets precedent for future decisions about and fair treatment of employees? What decision will get you sued with all of the concurrent costs and aggravation?

You can't make a decision unless the decision satisfies all five stakeholders - to some degree. Is it really any wonder that sometimes it's the employee stakeholder who suffers? Here's how Human Resources people have to think and make decisions to answer an employee question.

And, then there's HR speak. HR speak is fraught with words that regular employees love to hate. What are your favorite examples of HR jargon?

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June 15, 2012 at 4:50 pm
(1) HRbyCatherine says:

Advice: It is very difficult for job seekers to be successful with on-line portals. Companies have hundreds of resumes to go through. They make calls, gather more information and, in many cases, pass the resumes onto hiring authorities. It is difficult to find the time to call back every interested person or reach out to everyone they spoke to. When a contact name or email address is not listed, it is not listed for a reason. They don’t have time to open a dialogue with every job seeker who applies. It is in the best interest of the job seeker to reach out to people they know either personally or through their network connections and either have that person take their resume to HR or ask their connection to make a professional introduction. If you use social media and have a LinkedIn profile, this can be an excellent way to request an introduction.

June 15, 2012 at 4:58 pm
(2) HRbyCatherine says:

When a company is downsizing and they have to let an employee go, when they say, “It’s not personal, it’s business”. That is most likely the case and it is not ever easy to say that to an employee, especially since, it will most certainly be personal to the employee.

June 24, 2012 at 3:55 pm
(3) SosoSuesu says:

“It’s not personal” but we know it is!

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