Well, last weekend brought another romantic date night for Dan and me; dinner at the local diner. If you must know I had a tuna melt. As usual I wouldn’t let Dan talk because a couple I’m going to call Bob and Betty were in the booth behind us, talking loudly. This is, by the way, the whole reason I go out to eat. Eavesdropping is one of my hobbies.
Bob and Betty opined on many things over the course of their meal, but inevitably the talk turned to careers. Bob is unemployed, but Betty points that out as a blessing. The company he used to work for sucked. Before we go any further, I want to point out that I knew what was coming next. It’s always the next thing people talk about. The gloom and doom of Human Resources. Loathing HR is a very popular parlor game.
Betty has it all figured out. What HR does, is spend all their time figuring out how to get more paper in everyone’s file so they can fire them without getting sued. Bob adds that HR didn’t believe he was an honest, hardworking guy. That’s why those SOBs watched him all the time.
For the record (and Mimi and Kate, please jump in as necessary), most HR people with a lick of sense try very hard not to watch anyone, ever. I don’t want to know what you’re doing, because once I know I have to do something. But sometimes I can’t help it-I suddenly know stuff I don’t want to know. And if I call you into my office and say something has “come to my attention,” that is not an open invitation for you to interrogate me about who told on you. You’re missing the point. If I can’t get you to stop, I will lean over and whisper “it was Zelda in accounting” and you will say “I don’t know any Zelda in accounting” and I’ll say “hmmm” and pretend to make a note in your file. If you’re really annoying I’ll tilt my head to one side and stare at you for a full 15 seconds and then say “hmmm” again.
I don’t know where people keep getting the idea that HR is a bad thing…
Credit: Scott Adams
I never could find a copy of the Evil HR Digest, but I learned everything I know from Catbert:
With the help of his “random policy generator” he comes up with sadistic, illogical, and often evil policies to enforce on the employees, such as permanently branding employees, requiring employees to schedule sick time before they actually get sick, replacing the health plan with Google and making time spent in the bathroom count as “vacation.” He also has the help of his “Life Suck 3000” (to suck the life force out of employees faster than normal) …Catbert typically celebrates the creation of a new evil policy by purring loudly, hugging himself, doing the “evil dance” or by occasionally laughing himself fuzzy.