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Want to Move Up In Social Class? Get Out of HR

Want to Move Up In Social Class? Get Out of HR

by Frank Roche on August 20, 2008

in KnowHR

I was looking at this interactive graphic in the NYT titled How Class Works. It summarizes the four elements that comprise social class in America: occupation, education, income and wealth.

Check out the first column and enter “Human Resources,” which is under the “Management” heading. Yeah, HR is viewed as less prestigious than “Ranch Hand,” “Food Service,” and “Funeral Directors.” Which is why at neighborhood barbecues, I often tell people that I’m a garbage man. It’s a lot easier than explaining what HR organizational communication is all about.

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