65 Things I Believe About HR: Revisited

by Frank Roche on April 16, 2012

in Business, KnowHR

I wrote this three years ago today. I still believe it now.

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This I believe about working with people and HR.

  • I believe employees want to do a good job.
  • I believe they were great when you hired them.
  • I believe people do what they get rewarded to do.
  • I believe in pay for performance.
  • I believe a good manager can make up for a lot of crappy policies.
  • I believe a great manager comes along only once in a while.
  • I believe great managers should be paid at the 99th percentile.
  • I believe crappy policies and crappy managers should be scrapped.
  • I believe employees are productive at different times of the day.
  • I believe there’s nothing wrong with overpaying people.
  • I believe you can’t ask for commitment unless you give it first.
  • I believe it’s important to have friends at work.
  • I believe you should say hello to everyone every morning.
  • I believe you should say goodnight when they leave.
  • I believe people want to work with superstars.
  • I believe there are more hidden superstars out there than we think there are.
  • I believe in honest communications.
  • I believe everyone has a hidden talent.
  • I believe you should know the birthday of everyone who works with you.
  • I believe you should celebrate your employees’ birthdays when they happen.
  • I believe executives get isolated and lose track of what’s going on.
  • I believe HR has a role in keeping executives grounded.
  • I believe HR does its best when it has guts.
  • I believe in the power of diversity of thought.
  • I believe that none of us is as stupid as all of us when it comes to editing.
  • I believe the way we do performance management is awful.
  • I believe real performance management is about management, not about annual ratings.
  • I believe in management by walking around.
  • I believe HR shouldn’t make up silly names for managers, like “career coach.”
  • I believe calling employees human capital is about to jump the shark.
  • I believe HR shouldn’t practice psychology without a license.
  • I believe behavioral-based interviewing is for the birds.
  • I believe in asking candidates if they can do the job.
  • I believe in asking employees to prove it.
  • I believe forced rankings are…forced.
  • I believe merit increases can never be performance differentiators the way we do it now.
  • I believe people work for more than money.
  • I believe managers are naive if they think people don’t work for money.
  • I believe layoffs as an annual business strategy is doomed.
  • I believe HR was asleep at the switch at some doomed financial services companies.
  • I believe people will do a lot more when rules are eliminated.
  • I believe we need more lawyers in HR and fewer lawyers telling HR what to do.
  • I believe cynical HR people should get out of HR.
  • I believe anyone who subscribes to Theory X should never be in HR.
  • I believe HR attracts an inordinate number of people who used to be hall monitors.
  • I believe HR would do well to work its way out of a job.
  • I believe systems work in HR.
  • I believe we have too many processes and not enough systems.
  • I believe HR and managers need to listen more.
  • I believe handwritten notes go farther than all the recognition programs combined.
  • I believe travel incentive awards are really motivating.
  • I believe teambuilding should be an everyday thing, not done at retreats.
  • I believe HR forgot that being fair and treating everyone the same aren’t the same things.
  • I believe HR should help managers manage.
  • I believe managers can be trained.
  • I believe not all managers should be managers.
  • I believe in great benefits.
  • I believe onsite dog walking and massage therapists are overrated.
  • I believe in the company making money.
  • I believe in HR helping employees understand how.
  • I believe HR should stop buying HR software that never works right.
  • I believe in great leaders.
  • I believe in small gestures.
  • I believe we work 11,250 days out of our 25,000 we get in a lifetime.
  • I believe it’s HR’s job to make every one of those days the best they can.

That’s mine off the top of my head. What do you believe?

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