Well, everybody does hate you if you work in human resources.
* Employees hate you for being an administrative obstacle. What? They can’t sleep late and take mental health days? Why you gotta be like that? All bossy & stuff?
* Supervisors hate you because they can’t just hire and fire people based on instinct—or racism. Why you gotta be like that? All rulesy & stuff?
* Leaders hate you because you make them follow the law and spend money on safety, training and compliance issues. Why you gotta be like that? All legal & stuff?
* Other HR people hate you for thinking differently and daring to do new stuff. Why you gotta be like that? All brave and into data & stuff?
* And consultants hate you because you have a budget, share of voice and authority over systems and processes that are quite lucrative. Why you gotta be like that? All powerful & stuff?
I once read a poorly constructed survey that felt right to me. It said that HR loses 2-3 people over the age of 35 for every entry-level hire in our industry. That means that women—yes, mostly women—are choosing to leave mid-level jobs that pay about $99,000/year to do anything other than human resources.
I may be misremembering that survey, but it sure feels familiar.
While I am not in HR on a daily basis, I wrote a book about how you are the future of human resources—especially those of you who hate it—and you need to stick it out and fight like hell to shape the future of your careers. Don’t acquiesce to haters. And remember: while it seems like everybody hates you when you work in HR, but you don’t have to hate yourself.
I know you don’t need my help, but I can’t stand it when someone (other than me) makes fun of HR ladies. So when Halogen Software asked me to speak about my book in my hometown of Raleigh, next week, I said yes.
I never get a chance to roll out of bed, put on my yoga pants and speak to my hometown crowd about something that sticks in my craw. I said yes to speaking in Raleigh about how HR is doing great work on a daily basis, and I hope you can join me.