- Jan 2011
I think he may have a point though, there are jobs that are bs. Cultural diversity officer for $70k etc.
What did people do before HR? The Hanseatic League seems to have operated without it.
I'd say HR has some purely mandatory functions (such as producing pay slips and other "necessary" documents, finding candidates and generally running the hiring process)...
And then there are questionnable tasks such as : complicated evaluation processes which essentially force everyone to lose many hours of productive time (and then just when you get the hang of it, they come out with a completely different evaluation process as it turns out the previous one was not good enough - translation: was useless... i.e everyone wasted many hours for nothing and the company lost millions of $ while its employees did useless stuff.... so instead of cutting losses , thanks to HR, the company will now introduce an even more complicated process that will waste even more hours), all kinds of propaganda both internal and external, lectures on diversity etc.... And then when someone leaves the company they act surprised and need to conduct an exit interview to understand why he is leaving (of course we all know that most people lie during the exit interview so its anoter rather pointless excercise)