I looked up the definition of Human Resources today and I got
soup to nuts and didn’t run into the same one twice. So, using my own
brain after reading the various definitions I encountered, I
filtered out the fluff and cobbled together my own definition:
The strategic and coherent approach towards
management of an organization’s human capital
Short, sweet, open to a world of interpretation. Whether you like
my definition or another one you subscribe to, social services and
mental health professions are different BLS
Standard Occupational Classifications (SOC).
HR professions are SOC
under the parent SOC group 13–0000 Business
and Financial Operations Occupations.
Do you see where we work? Business and Financial Operations
If I had chosen to work in
human resources because I wanted to help people my priorities would
have been mixed up and I would have made a poor choice. Perhaps you
think that sounds cold hearted. But what should the focus be
for a human resources practitioner? It seems clear to me that it is to
ensure the profitability of the company through the management of
its human capital.
Why do some of us get wrapped up in employees’ problems, think we
are their parent, think we have to “take care” of them, think we have a
responsibility to help them live their lives and even solve
their personal problems?
Do some of us pursue a career in human resources for the wrong
Do a quick self assessment to check– you know, kind of like taking
your temperature with a thermometer, to contemplate if you
contribute to or enable the unhealthiness of a sick work
environment or even help create one with a lopsided view or bad
definition of your role in human resources.
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