You Think You Know What HR Does (and Doesn’t) Do? You’ll Be Surprised by This List

Here’s a little contest for you: In the next five minutes name 20 things HR people are, do, or are are accused of doing, but don’t. Be sure to add enough color so we know what you mean.

Ready. Set. Go!!

Tick-toc…. Time’s up. Now, how did you do?

Joel Peterson, who calls himself a “Progressive HR Generalist & Business Partner,” pulled it off at a New York City DisruptHR meeting, describing 20 characteristics, traits, tasks, skills and roles, most of which you probably don’t have on your list.

Don’t believe me? How about this one?:

We create value by growing the intellectual capital of the business. We are HR business partners so we’re focused on identifying, developing and helping grow the ideas, the skills, the expertise, the talent within every organization no matter where they sit in the org chart.

Ready for the rest of his list? Then spend the next 5 minutes discovering the HR person you really are.

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