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Note to HR: If You Say You’re a Business Partner, Be One

Note to HR: If You Say You’re a Business Partner, Be One

by Frank Roche on May 12, 2010

in KnowHR

This is a note from a good buddy of mine who is a real-life senior manager in a really big company. Here’s a powerful example of what it’s like to deal (or not) with HR. It’s a wake up call, HR “business partners.” Get out of your offices and be what you say you are.

Frank,

How about this idea: Why not actually come out of the office and meet people?

I can honestly say that I have never seen one HR rep [here] ever come around and talk to anyone. I went out of my way and invited the last two HR managers to come and tour my area and see what my guys do so they could better understand the needs that I have for personnel. Guess what? Neither of them ever made the time.

I think they are so caught up in the corporate system of just pushing paper that they forget about taking an active role in their groups. If I were in that position I think I would make the rounds every week and at least say hello.

Just a thought.

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