I wrote this lovely blog about the HR Gamechanger conference. You can read it here.
But, I also have a confession. I like to portay a lot of positivity and light. Look on the bright side right? Some people might say that is artificial but I say that there is nothing wrong with reframing things into a positive. No-one likes negativity and if you think positive you are positive, and the world is positive.
Ooh look at the rainbows and unicorns!
But I can’t sit still. I wasn’t really that positive after the HR Gamechanger conference. Not really. You see, I had two main thoughts going through my mind after that event.
First, I want to quit HR altogether and become a yoga teacher.
The second thought was really a song.
Little boxes, little boxes, little boxes made of ticky tacky
Did anyone else get made to sing that in primary school? You can read the full lyrics here.
It’s a little disturbing. Why that song you ask? Well the whole people and culture profession has been stuffed into these little boxes. Learning and development, recruitment, organisational development, human resources, operational, strategic, innovative, dinosaurs, HRINZ, CHRI, NZATD and a lot of Recruiters seem to think they’re a beast into their own. I’m sorry, but you’re not. We’re all the same, tackling the same challenges, with the same resources. Our job descriptions are just slightly different. Wait? What? Job descriptions?
It’s not about you, it’s about all of us.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I did think the HR Gamechanger was a completely awesome event! Truly, I am not a hypocrite. But I was seeing the energy and light in the room and then those who were not in the room and thinking to myself “do I really have the energy to make this shit happen?”. Working with people who just ‘get it’ is simply awesome, but working with those that don’t is stressful, time consuming and demoralising.
I have more questions than answers and I’m afraid that only a small minority are actually up for answering them. Case in point, when the wonderfully statistical stats about how HRINZ members were so satisfied with the state of the institution, their preferred organisation, were shared during the HRINZ conference I couldn’t help but question them. Yes well, those satisfied people who got off their arse to complete the survey and had whipped out their cheque books to pay their fees. Wait? What? Cheque books?
Apparently my twitter queries about these numbers did not go down to well. But seriously? No wonder finance people piss themselves laughing when they see an HR person coming with some numbers in hand! Where is the HR credibility here?
I don’t know whether to call myself HR, L&D, or OD. But funningly I seem to hang out with a lot of recruiters. What’s with that? Sending you air kisses recruiters.
But frankly, I’m embarrased to call myself any of them. Why should I? Ticky tacky boxes. Institutionalised boxes.
HRINZ, CHRI, NZATD.
Wait? What? How come there is a separate institution for training and development people? How come HRINZ doesn’t have a problem with them? How come recruiters don’t have their own institution?
Recruiters seem to be way ahead of the rest of the people and culture professions. Seriously! I’m being serious! Sending you some more air kisses recruiters.
I don’t think it’s relevant to me because I’m in learning and development. It’s not on my radar because I’m a recruiter and recruitment is not about HR. Wait? What?
Why are we institutionalising, packaging and labelling when fundamentally our professions are all about people and culture? When, if we actually pulled the sticks out of our own arses, we might learn something from each other. Yeah, you heard me, I said arses.
Why are we still talking about e-learning, Ulrich and social sourcing as the big things?
Big things are now all the little small things. Big things are structured monoliths with little flexibility. Big things are people with power, control and influence.
Little things don’t fit in boxes, they don’t sit in boxes, they’re thrown out or bundled together into a collection of things, the knick knacks, the seemingly scraps. On their own, they’re nothing. Together, they’re something beautiful, creative, innovative, and inspiring.
NZLEAD, if I can throw in a mention, made of a collection of little things, hard to box and irrelevant to the monoliths.
I’m troubled. Did you get that? This blog has sat in my drafts for weeks now. It was VERY negative and after many edits still feels negative and ranty to me. It doesn’t feel right. I don’t believe that talking like this is the way forward but I don’t know what the answers are. Do you?