Teacup HR

by Frank Roche on July 5, 2011

in Business

[Photo credit: SoftestThing]

I first heard the term, Teacup Kids, last week. It derives from the fragility of teacups and how delicately handled kids have to be these days.

“[H]elicopter parenting has led to a generation of young adults so fragile they are known as “teacup kids,'” says Judy Skatssoon author of The perils of parenting.

I wonder about Teacup HR, too. The people who do really well in HR are smart. Strategic. And thick-skinned. They’ve seen the world. They know people. They know what makes people tick and they know how to be tough.

Teacup HR types are the opposite. Every little infraction is the beginning of World War III. Every tiny deviation from the norm brings on the attack. Every challenge to the status quo puts little cracks in their Teacup HR world.

You know the Teacup HR types. They talk about a place at the table all too much. They try to regulate peoples’ behaviors with policy manuals and rules. Yeah, lots of rules. Teacup HR types create tempests in a teacup. And then they want a participation trophy for solving the problem they created.

Teacup HR isn’t what we need when times are tough. Here’s some advice to the Teacup HR types: HTFU.

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