Ways to Alienate The HR

In climbing the steep corporate ladder, one of your most powerful allies to have is the Human Resources department. They know the inner wiring of the organization and if there is any staffer who can alert you to upcoming events that might become beneficial to you or your team, it’s someone from HR.

In order to keep your alliance strong and working to your benefit, here are ten things that you should NOT do:

Treating HR staffers like glorified secretaries or gofers – They are not your utility staff. Don’t go to their office just for the sake of asking for additional office tools like paper clips and pencils or having them photocopy documents on your behalf.

Performing certain actions without the consent of HR – Do not bring in your own search firms without getting HR’s approval first. Also, don’t promise raises and/ or promotions to your staff unless you have first cleared them with HR for consistency with others in similar jobs or grades.

Failing to attend meetings with HR – Attend discussions regarding performance problems with a member of your staff, especially if it is at your request.

Saying anything incorrect – Uttering anything remotely politically incorrect in public places, especially within earshot of HR, would certainly create a negative impression on your part even if you meant it as a joke.

Failure to meet deadlines – Do not fail to submit performance appraisals, bonus recommendations, merit increases, or job requisitions on time.

Complaining about the office’s bureaucracy – Remember that even HR follows orders. If you feel fed up with all the paperwork they require, just imagine how fed up they would feel if you don’t comply.

Having them develop your department – Don’t tell HR that it is their responsibility to develop job specifications for your department.

Being out of office during candidate interviews – Sometimes it is not just HR who would interview potential employees but also immediate managers like you. Don’t be out of the office when they need you.

Asking for confidential information – This is especially true about salaries. Remember that some organization forbids discussing confidential information and it might cost your job.

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