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Six HR myths that may continue in 2016
Mohit Gundecha | Mumbai | Tuesday, 29 December 2015

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Certain things are better conveyed via healthy sarcasm. Use it at your own discretion!

1) HR = hiring, of course!

- “You are HR? Does your company have any job openings??”
- “We have a hiring freeze —you probably don’t have as much work these days, right?”

It’s time the employees know the value added by the leadership development programmes, career path planning as well as learning & development activities conducted by the HR!

2) Breaking bad when nothing else works!
Attrition on the rise? Run an engagement survey! Some business heads advocate merely running employee engagement surveys as a remedy for attrition—an altogether reactive strategy. Doing it after people leave, makes no sense. And to top it, just running a survey and not acting upon it, doesn’t help either.

3) HR — friends for benefits!
When the talent market is hot, and business is not able to hire or retain, then the HR practices are seen as value additions. When the market is slow and business has enough choices to hire and promote, HR activities are seen as overheads!

4) Rome has to be built in a day!
It is wrong to assume that HR possesses a magical wand; that leadership development, culture building and employee engagement activities should show desired results overnight. Some business leaders fail to realise that these are long-term strategies and Rome cannot be built in a day.

5) Breaking the ice with Glassdoor
Only when the CEO rating drops on the Glassdoor, will all business managers start taking 360 degree feedback surveys seriously. ‘Lack of transparency’ and ‘lack of communication with managers’ will still be the primary complaints on Glassdoor.com (the employer review site).

6) The heart knows no reason!
Unstructured interviews and interviews based on pure gut feel and degrees will continue to be advocated! When nothing seems right, one should follow one’s gut feeling, irrespective of the HR tools and technology at one’s disposal!

(The author is an HR consultant.)

© 2016 HR Katha
Last modified on Tuesday, 29 December 2015

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5 comments

  • Comment Link G.Thirunavukkarasu Sunday, 07 February 2016 posted by G.Thirunavukkarasu

    Good to read more and more articles daily- Thiru

  • Comment Link Juhi Gupte Friday, 08 January 2016 posted by Juhi Gupte

    Well articulated!! One more to add to ; Hiring Managers and interviewers would still think they are doing a favor by taking out time from their day-at-work to interview candidates; not understanding it to be shared responsibility.

  • Comment Link J. K. M. Nair Tuesday, 05 January 2016 posted by J. K. M. Nair

    Sheer competition in the business in many times forces HR to do a bit of RH. And then it takes a toss to the good path. Every business the final one is the bottom line.

  • Comment Link L.S.Venkatesan Monday, 04 January 2016 posted by L.S.Venkatesan

    Respect your opinion.The truth will always taste bitter

  • Comment Link Sriroopa Tuesday, 29 December 2015 posted by Sriroopa

    You hit the nail, Mohit. Couldn't agree more.

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