Do you think HR is now overly sensitive?

Prudential BCYf24
Dec 19, 2018 18 Comments

I feel like they immediately fire people for grey area offenses... Also, I understand 0 tolerance policies are in place for valid reasons, but I feel like it genuinely makes the work environment a worse place when rules are enforced without looking at someone's personality and the context as a whole.

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  • LinkedIn Gill Bates
    HR is about making sure that the company doesn't get sued by its "resources." They don't care about the welfare of the resources themselves.
    Dec 19, 2018 9
    • Prudential BCYf24
      OP
      I get that, but I want to believe that I work for a company which also cares for it's people. At the end of the day, HR is just a department filled with people. And good people typically care...
      Dec 19, 2018
    • Wayfair 1234abc123
      Why would you think that? Companies are in business to make money and avoid losses. If you increase the probability of losses, you're fired.
      Dec 19, 2018
    • Prudential BCYf24
      OP
      Because there's more to life than money. Not everyone is a super capitalistic prick in life lol. I totally see both sides though
      Dec 19, 2018
    • Wayfair 1234abc123
      Shareholders are.

      Seems like you're the one who's overly sensitive.
      Dec 19, 2018
    • Prudential BCYf24
      OP
      Yeah but shareholders own companies. They don't actively run it or have any real control in day to day ops. When they vote for changes at the top, it takes a long time for those changes to impact the average employee if ever
      Dec 19, 2018
    • Wayfair 1234abc123
      Who exactly does your CEO work for? Oh right, the shareholders. Who does your head of HR work for? The CEO.

      HR does not exist to make your life more pleasant. HR exists to protect shareholder value.
      Dec 19, 2018
    • Prudential BCYf24
      OP
      Doesn't change the fact that they aren't going to realistically impact my next paycheck... The real world is more complicated and emotional than it is on paper. I hear everything you are saying but just stating your side over and over again in the same way isn't changing my mind or providing any new insight. I'm sure you have more nuanced views, especially if you have spent time in the corporate world.
      Dec 19, 2018
    • New - -
      People, happiness and ethics is just a PR BS. Corporations exist to create value for shareholders. Shareholders are not some random weirdos, they created those corporations (lookup articles of incorporation of your employer).
      If you want to change the world and make ethical business entity then start your own corp and instruct its HR to care for employees.
      Dec 19, 2018
    • Wayfair 1234abc123
      You keep saying that you understand but then demonstrate that you do not, in fact, understand. Interesting phenomenon.
      Dec 19, 2018
  • Dropbox drl/food
    Feelings > Facts
    Dec 19, 2018 1
    • New tLFu71
      The way of life for liberals. Thanks to their childish temper tantrums and weak spineless companies who won’t fight them this is the motto of hr. It doesn’t help that hr is also staffed generally with absolute losers who are unqualified to do pretty much any other job.
      Dec 19, 2018
  • Imperva user3210
    Any examples of people getting fired for grey area offenses?
    Dec 19, 2018 3
    • Prudential BCYf24
      OP
      Asking a coworker out after work whom you've known for years in a non threatening way. A totally independent third person overhears and reports to HR. The two employees do not report to each other or even work together really
      Dec 19, 2018
    • Prudential BCYf24
      OP
      The employee who asked the other out is married but that's the only real thing that makes the request kinda iffy imo
      Dec 19, 2018
    • Imperva SDE3210
      Did they not ask the person who was asked out if they felt it was OK and non threatening? Did you?
      Dec 19, 2018
  • New OOBDC
    HR doesn't fire anyone (unless in the HR Dept), they recommend action based on real or perceived risk. Department, Company management makes the employment effecting decision. Either way HR will take the heat if the decision blows up. So yeah HR is probably getting more sensitive.
    Jan 8 0
  • Oracle Sixaosns
    I’m not seeing it here. You can be a dick towards anyone and it’s all good. Safra was on the trump transition team - no one cares.
    Dec 19, 2018 0

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