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HR and the Bad Stock Photo of the Week

HR and the Bad Stock Photo of the Week

by Frank Roche on October 14, 2011

in Bad Stock Photo

[Hold music ends]

….Your call may be recorded for quality and training purposes.

Chrissy: “Welcome to Impossibly Diverse and Happy Nameless HR Consulting Call Center. How can I help you?”

Caller: “Uh, hi. I have a question about coverage for my incontinence medication.”

Chrissy: “Just one moment, please. I’ll have to transfer you to our Well-Groomed Geriatric Division.”

Caller: ‘Wait, wait. I don’t want to get transferred.”

Chrissy: “I’m sorry, sir. This is the Smiling Gen X Dental Division. If you have any questions about orthodontics, teeth whitening, or cosmetic dentistry, I can answer those.”


See that stock photo? It’s a recruiting photo for an HR call center. You know, the kind where Up With People works during the day when they’re not practicing their song and dance numbers?

I wonder how disappointed job candidates must be when they arrive for their interview in their white shirts and realize they might be a little overdressed. Where’s the smiles then?

Wasamadda? Can’t take a photo of your real call center? If that’s not good enough, a stock photo isn’t going to solve that.


I didn’t get any submissions for Great Use of Photography in an HR Website yet. But I’m hopeful. If you have a nomination let me know. Meanwhile, if you have anything snarky that’ll make me laugh, I’m all for that. You can send me a note by clicking here.

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