Since I have the pleasure of facilitating a session at HRevolution 2011 with Steve Browne, it seemed like a good idea to start the dialogue on our blogs before getting to Atlanta in hopes that we’ll be able to add more depth to our discussion there. The title of our session is “If HR is so bad, what are YOU going to do about it?” You can find Steve’s blog at www.sbrowneHR.com.
I love the title of your post, plotting Anarchy by the light of a Lava lamp sounds pretty cool. And thanks for the questions from your post. I will respond to those shortly, but first I want to pose a question to you and to the greater world that I think gives the back drop to what we are hoping to discuss in Atlanta the end of this month.
There was a time, when I worked on the outside of HR, that I could have described clearly to you what was wrong with HR. But, then I jumped into the fray. As a member of the HR community, I don’t feel like I can see the big picture the way I used to. I have become a part of the system and thus the system has become harder to see.
HR has always taken some hard criticism that culminated in the August 2005 Fast Company article, “Why we Hate HR.” Since then, it has seemed to me that there has been a lot of talk about how HR must improve and evolve, but are we making progress? I’m not sure. So, I’d pose this question to you and others who care enough to join this discussion:
What is the state of HR today? (Could the same Fast Company article be written about us today or have we progressed in the past 6 years?)
We need some really honest conversation on this topic because my fear is that we’ve done a lot of talking and not a lot of changing. I think the answer to this question helps us to determine the importance of action on the part of those who live in and lead in HR daily.
Now to your questions of me:
1) Being that you, and others like you, are my “future” in HR – why stick with a field that others rip apart?
3) Why should people even care about this session?