Trump HR is a different kind of HR.
You may have heard the news that Donald Trump finally signed the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund extension. Thank goodness. Those heroes deserve it. Future first-responders shouldn’t have to worry about our government’s commitment to their wellbeing.
While signing the bill, Trump also said, “I was down there also, but I’m not considering myself a first responder, but I was down there. I spent a lot of time down there with you.”
That’s a lie. We have footage of Trump doing just about everything other than sitting on the toilet, but no footage exists of him down at the pile. What we do have is a video of him saying that his building is now the tallest in New York. And even that was a lie.
Additionally, while signing the bill on Monday, Trump said, “Now I am going to sign this bill into law, and I don’t know if this stage will hold it, but if it doesn’t, we are not falling very far.”
Yeah, he said that.
I’m not here to get political on HR folks, but I am here to ask a couple of questions.
- What if you lied about your resume or bona fides? Would you keep your job?
- Could you make a joke like that at work and not be summoned into HR and put on a performance improvement plan?
No, of course not.
I’m not saying that this has anything to do with HR, but I wonder what a talent-minded HR pro will do when an employee makes up lies — and says offensive things — but denies it even though there’s evidence.
Furthermore, do we think HR is immune from what’s happening in Washington? Will there ever be a time when we accept lies as the new truth?
HR isn’t exempt from politics.
If you thought HR was interesting in 2019, wait until 2020 when historical revision kicks into high gear and someone challenges you on the facts of their performance when you’re implementing layoffs and restructuring plans. You’ve never done anything but demonstrate ethical leadership and stick to the plan in the past. What if the plan gets blown to hell by someone loud, powerful and in charge?
Trump’s world is our world. It’s gonna get worse at work before it gets better, and you’ll need to make a choice: Do you do Real HR or Trump HR? Get ready to decide.