Why Do People Hate Human Resources?


Human resources are a little like Rodney Dangerfield, in that they “don’t get any respect.” Why is that?

Rodney Dangerfield
Rodney Dangerfield

A company’s most valuable asset is people. Business professionals know that. Of course, human resources must understand that, especially since it is the basis of their existence.  However, people-as-a-business-asset should be more general knowledge.

It certainly should be.

Why is it hard to convince some businesspeople and CEO’s that investing in people is more effective than investing in technology? For one, many simply think they do not have enough talent for a successful investment in people.

That belief is one reason why, in some companies, human resources has the least authoritative voice. It begs the question…

Why do people hate HR?

One reason might be that human resources departments often lack the revenue basis of other departments. No income means little power. Outsourcing some of the HR function demonstrates how companies see human resources functions. They are respected, but ultimately superfluous.

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