My Very Best HR Advice of 2012

Here is a summary of my best HR advice from 2012.

  • Be an advocate for what is right.
  • There’s nothing wrong with paying people and protecting their civil rights.
  • Remember that you don’t manage people unless you really manage people, yo.
  • Job titles matter.
  • Everyone wants to be a coach and an advisor because that’s the easy job.
  • Big data is what small-minded people want when they don’t know how to ask for something more specific.
  • When in doubt, shut up. The truth emerges.
  • Bad habits keep HR in business.
  • It’s not your job to fix people.
  • Taco Tuesday can be a gateway to something bigger and better.
  • No one ever died by saying, “I’m wrong.
  • The world is a tough place. It’s okay to swear.
  • Not everyone can be a CHRO.
  • There is no such thing as an employer brand. That’s a lie.
  • Employees are engaged when the work is good, the people are decent, and the pay is worthwhile. And maybe not even then.
  • You can’t gamify open enrollment.
  • Potlucks cause office diarrhea and should be banned.
  • Gaps in resumes are okay.
  • HR technology can’t solve for stupid.
  • There is no HR without recruiting.

This was originally published on Laurie Ruettimann’s The Cynical Girl blog.

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Laurie Ruettimann (LFR) is a former Human Resources leader turned influential speaker, writer and strategist. She owns a human resources consultancy that offers a wide array of HR services to human resources leaders and executives. Check out her LinkedIn profile here. You may know Ruettimann as the creator of The Cynical Girl and Punk Rock HR (retired), which Forbes named as a top 100 website for women. You may have also read her book, I AM HR: 5 Strategic Ways to Break Stereotypes and Reclaim HR. (RepCap Press, 2014.) 


3 Comments on “My Very Best HR Advice of 2012

  1. Sweet. I love that this list doesn’t just focus on what not to do in HR. Plus, I like your style. 🙂

  2. HR is not your friend! HR is an attempt to manage people. People cannot be managed like company infrastructure they need to be lead. HR is paid by the same company that pays you so why would anyone believe they are on your side. HR exists to provide the quickest, easiest, least costly solution to problems that exist within the company resource called human. The needs and rights of the employees is only considered when required by law.

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