Dear HR: You’re Not Art Collectors

by Frank Roche on December 1, 2011

in Business

When I saw this neon sign today, I thought, “There’s a sign for the times.” It says, The true artist makes useless shit for rich people to buy.

You know how much crappy HR software gets sold to gullible HR people because it’s sold as art? As pretty pictures with no flexibility for it to work with the company’s system without lots and lots of money being poured on it? That’s true artistry.

You know how many fakirs there are out there begging for alms and touting themselves as social media experts? And how many tragically unhip HR people buy what they’re selling without ever asking the questions, “What do I want to get out of this and where have you gotten results before?” That’s true artistry.

You know how many HR consultants there are out there cobbling together a report that was written for another client and just doing a company names Search-and-Replace for a new client? Who sell vulnerable HR types the newest flavor of Kool-Aid while obscuring the fact that The Next Big Thing they touted last year is in the dust heap? That’s true artistry.

Dear HR: You’re not art collectors. Don’t buy a neon sign that advertises it for the world to see.

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