A light hearted blog post, which cancels out the fact that the last one was about TUPE. A recent blog post by @jsarahwatsHR (which was much more professional than this one) mentioned that situation when a manager wants you to deal with a nasty situation for them. Links to the other discussions and threads here: lnkd.in/c4nNYK
Discussions on Twitter lead to the hashtag #hrrightsofpassage suggested by @TimScottHR . Here are a few of my light hearted situations that I think may have tasked many a HR professional. So, you haven’t really worked in HR until:
- A line manager has tried to make you tell an employee that they smell. Because they don’t want to do it themselves (this one was from @jsarahwatsHR).
- You bodged a hire. You know the one. They turn up for the interview all normal. Then on the day they start they have been replaced by someone from Venus. Or Broadmoor.
- You have to deal with an employee who has been downloading / watching pornography on the intranet. And you have to check out exactly what it was they were looking at as part of the investigation.
- An employee says a family member has died so they need to take some time off work. Only they haven’t.
- You’ve had to deal with a drunk employee.
- Had a disciplinary hearing go horribly wrong. I once had to chase an employee through a very large call centre who was intent on causing physical harm to his line manager after reading the evidence. Even the security guard legged it.
- An employee brings you all their personal problems, and you have to start bulk buying Kleenex.
- An employee turns up a disciplinary / grievance / appeal and hands you an explanation of the relevant legislation. From Wikipedia. Just in case you don’t know what you are doing.
- Someone asks you to take responsibility for something that has absolutely nothing to do with HR. Fill your own blank in here, but some suggestions from me: sorting out issues with cleaners, vending machines that have eaten money, anything to do with reception, etc.
- You catch fleas on a home visit. Yes this happened to me. No it was not very nice.
What were your HR Rights of Passage? Add them to the hashtag!