…even when you are not going to fire or discipline someone.
Human resources professionals who travel to satellite facilities often earn a reputation of showing up just to terminate someone. Even those that spend most of their time in their own office develop reputations as only coming out when someone is about to go.
Human resources goes to the facility or department in order to make sure everything goes right, coordinate communication, arrange the departure of employees, etc.
What’s to stop human resources from visiting when times are good? Typically the exhausted human resources professional cannot think of a good reason to go because he is under siege from his daily job.
The way to avoid the reputation of being the bearer of bad news is to visit more often when good things are happening than when bad things are happening.