Would the ‘real’ HR staff please stand up

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Would the ‘real’ HR staff please stand upOn 23 Jul 2002 in Personnel Today I have had enough. If you had asked me up until very recently how I woulddescribe myself, I would have said that I was an HR professional. But the problem is there are now too many people calling themselves HRprofessionals – who do nothing to improve the way we manage HR – and they aregiving the rest of us a bad name. It is time to call a halt and reveal thesepretenders for what they are. Their abuse of the title of HR has gone too far. Like many HR people, I used to enter the debate on whether we should becalled personnel or HR. I used to do this in a vain attempt to distinguish myown brand of HR from that pale, administrative model peddled by the CIPD, whichhas now achieved chartered status. If that is what a royal charter stands forthen I want none of it. While the CIPD may be the voice of the personnelprofession, it is not the voice of HR in business. Whatever you call yourself, the agglomeration of activities under the HRumbrella is now so vast and incoherent that the label has lost any last vestigeof meaning it may have had. Real HR professionals grapple with organisational issues, while personnelpeople do their level best to deliver efficient administration. Meanwhile,knowledge management, measuring and managing human capital, organisationaldesign and corporate social responsibility are all being done in the name ofHR. But most of it is being done very badly by people who do not possess theskills to do it properly. So, for me, enough is enough – whatever HR used to mean is dead. Welcome tothe reign of the new brand of HR. This ‘new’ agenda is what real HR people havebeen doing for years and it is much too important a subject to be left topersonnel officers. New HR is focused on organisational effectiveness not legislativerequirements, and on organisational value not HR costs. While it is too big achallenge for personnel, it is also too big a challenge for those who use thetitle HR but think along personnel lines. There are four differences between the pretenders and the real thing andthey are actually quite easy to spot. Firstly, pretenders make excuses.Secondly, they never have any confidence in their actions, particularly whenseriously challenged. Thirdly, they measure things that just don’t matter. And,finally, they talk strategy but do administration. From now on anyone wanting to use the term HR had better be able to justifyit. If you want to join this new profession called HR get ready for a roughride and a real challenge. The genuine breed of HR professionals are not worried about theirprofessional credentials, their results speak loudly and clearly forthemselves. By Paul Kearns, Senior partner, Personnel Workslast_img read more

Jennifer Hartswick & Nick Cassarino Announce 2019 Colorado Tour

first_imgJennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band) and Nick Cassarino (The Nth Power) have announced an upcoming batch of dates that will see the dynamic duo navigate through Colorado’s most picturesque mountain towns.The duo will start out with a show at Denver’s Ophelia’s on February 21st, before stops bat Estes Park’s Stanley Hotel (2/22); Nederland’s Caribou Room (2/23); Crested Butte’s Public House (2/26); Vail’s Shakedown Bar (2/27); Buena Vista’s Lariat (3/2); and a final show at Steamboat Springs’ Old Town Pub on March 3rd.Nexus, Jennifer Hartswick’s latest solo LP, features contributions from Cassarino as well as six-time Grammy Award-winning jazz bassist Christian McBride. As the album announcement noted, on Nexus, Hartswick delivers “a powerful and vulnerable performance from the depths of her soul.” The trio joined forces for a special show at NYC’s intimate Rockwood Music Hall in October, and none other than Trey Anastasio came out to play some tunes with his longtime friend and collaborator.See below for a list of Jennifer Hartswick tour dates with Cassarino. For more information, head to Hartswick’s website.Jennifer Hartswick & Nick Cassarino Upcoming Tour Dates:1.15 – 1.21.19JamcruiseInternational Waters 2.21.19Ophelia’sDenver, CO2.22.19The Stanley Hotel w. LettuceEstes Park, CO2.23.19The Caribou RoomNederland, CO2.26.19Public HouseCrested Butte, CO2.27.19Shakedown BarVail, CO3.2.19LariatBuena Vista, CO3.3.19Old Town PubSteamboat Springs, COView All Tour Dateslast_img read more