Are we practicing what we preach?
Sorry to be filling the first half of your page with cliché’s but I think this is an important question:
“Are we (HR) practicing what we preach?”
Let’s ask ourselves some tough questions:
Do you give immediate feedback to your direct reports when you know that conversation is going to be tough?
Is your team made up of people that have similar backgrounds and experience? How open are you really to someone with an unconventional background?
Do you have frank discussions about career growth and development with your team? If you don’t have a team do you speak with your manager about your own career development?
Does your HR department have THAT manager that no one wants to work for? Or maybe a couple bullies that everyone acknowledges but ignores because they are “harmless”?
If you answer yes to some of these questions it means you’ve had some uncomfortable discussions. You were probably following your own advice:
Give feedback as soon as possible
Talk about career development and you won’t be blindsided
Don’t tolerate bullies or bullying behavior
HR should be the team who has the tough conversations, the team that moves quickly to address bullying and the team that values more than “fit.” If HR isn’t following its own advice why would we expect our business line peers to?