I had a delightful lunch yesterday with an HR colleague. We covered a wide host of topics but one that we landed on really gave me pause… “Why do we have HR peeps who put up road blocks/make things difficult for other HR peeps?”
Say whaaat? Well, let me count the ways…
* There are HR groups (and yes, even SHRM chapters) that make it difficult, if not downright impossible, to join.
* Oftentimes, if reaching out to an HR peer at another organization with a question, be careful lest your arm get slammed in the door as you are quickly turned away.
* If you’re looking for an HR job, be prepared to encounter resistance from other HR peeps in the networking arena. They don’t want to introduce you to anyone – hell – you might take their job!
* What other field makes it so difficult for new professionals to enter the field? Our ‘entry-level’ HR jobs require 2 – 3 years experience. I mean c’mon – is this Rocket Science?
I don’t know, maybe it’s just the two of us who experience this. It’s possible it’s a symptom of geography, history and etched-in-stone HR-culture. A mid-sized community with long-tenured HR ladies and gents who “like things just the way they are, thank you very much. Things have been fine, there are only so many HR jobs to go around in town and we don’t need any upstarts changing the order of things.”
But woah Bessie – talk about HR doing itself a disservice. Are we filial cannibals – (symbolically) feasting on the young of our own species? And why do we do it? To assert our dominance? Perhaps, as in zoology, we’re hoping to conserve our energy and ensure strong future ‘reproductions.’
Or maybe we’re trying to maintain the order of things by eating and eliminating those who would present a threat or challenge. And I would certainly prefer to be the one lying on the dinner plate rather than the one who’s holding the knife and fork.
What about you – have you ever run into any HR cannibals?