HR department of one? Here’s how to make a difference

It’s lonely to be in a one-person department. It’s even worse to be a one-person Human Resources department – partially because of the less-than-flattering perception of HR, and also because there’s simply too many HR-related tasks for one person to handle. Both...

5 things that HR doesn’t have time for

There’s only so many hours in a day. And there’s even fewer working hours… in theory. But for a lot of HR professionals, the sheer quantity of ‘jobs to be done’ means that the work day can go on, and on, and on… long after everyone else has logged off. That’s because,...

Seriously, what does HR do for employees?

“Oops, watch out – HR might be listening” “Don’t tell HR I said that!” “I’m not sure HR would be happy with that” “Do we have to go through HR?”   It’s fair to say that HR has got a certain… reputation. And it’s not necessarily a positive one. Feared by...

HR vs. Line Manager responsibilities: end the battle

  “Who is responsible for this?” What a loaded question. It can be punishing or praising. Offload work, attributing blame, or seeking a recipient for adulation. And inherent in any answer, there’s a sense of hierarchy – of someone having to answer to...

The HR paradox: how do you spend time?

“We’d love you to paint the Sistine Chapel, but first could you do some paperwork?” “Walking on the moon? Go for it! As soon as you’ve logged all these data points” “Solving world hunger is definitely something I want you to focus on, once this filing is done”  ...