When It Comes Right Down to It, HR Doesn’t Care About Your Problems

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HR doesn’t care about your work-life balance.

Well, that’s harsh. They care, but they have problems of their own.

Human resources departments have undergone a transformation. They are agile, data-driven, and aligned with the executive agenda. Employee advocacy, when it happens, happens because it benefits the company’s bottom line.

HR isn’t going to solve anything for you

Your work-life balance bottom line is your own to manage, bub.

Beyond that, your local HR lady was told to “do more with less” during the recession — and was promised a pay increase of her own and a day off once the economy started to improve — and she is still doing more with less. On top of being short-staffed and busy, she works with executives and vendors who complain that she’s out of touch.

If your HR lady got fired, it would be a blessing. She could take a nap and get some laundry done.

If you think going to HR will solve anything — refrigerator wars, the dude who smells like body odor, your personal struggle to maintain some semblance of normalcy in your life — you have another thing coming.

HR wants YOU to bring some solutions

Before you go to your local human resources lady, look around you:

  • Does everyone work crazy hours?
  • Do your colleagues complain about work-creep in their personal lives?
  • Do you receive texts from your boss and co-workers over the weekend?

Maybe it’s the company. Maybe it’s a broken brand. Maybe it’s a jacked up management style. Whatever it is, HR wants you to come to them with ideas and constructive solutions.

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Short of that, you should get back to work. We’re all busy, and your work-life balance is on you.

This was originally published on the Laurie Ruettimann blog.