Rest in Peace, W. Willard Wirtz.
Former HR executive Liz Ryan sounds off in Business Week on the five most destructive HR policies of the land, and seemingly nothing is safe from her wrath.
On restrictive time-off policies: “Employers who can’t flex in small ways to accomodate carbon-based life forms don’t deserve their talents.”
On manager-driven in-house transfer policies: “It lets employees know that if they can’t trust their boss to look out for their interests when an appealing job in the company is available, their best bet is to bail on the organization entirely.”
An interesting read, to be sure, but is it a fair assessment of the HR function?
Most HR leaders will understandably have a negative reaction to a column by Sathnam Sanghera in the (UK) Times Online, in which she offers a major diss to the profession:
“HR people … think they play a vital role in business and for that reason regard themselves as, if anything, underpaid. When Mercer compared the pay of HR, marketing and finance directors in 14 countries in its Global Pay Summary, a number of trade publications pointed out that HR was the lowest-paid of the three. I would say it is much more notable, given how little contribution HR makes, that Mercer found that UK human resources directors are the second-highest-paid in the world, behind the United States.”
She also notes that she doesn’t “value HR: the fuss that HR makes about itself seems to far outstrip its contribution,” saying too many HR departments “are self-serving, neurotic and navel-gazing.”