People quit problems

I quit

I heard a long time ago that people don’t quit jobs, they quit people, they quit their managers. For some reason way back when I heard this I thought it was genius! Maybe I thought it was true because I was in a place where I wanted to quit and I wanted to blame someone else (I didn’t quit at the time by the way). It made sense back then, mostly because one of my managers was driving me insane. Calls and texts and emails at all hours, always demanding things, unrealistic expectations, etc. It was a real nightmare, but I learned to deal with it. Recently I’ve seen several posts pop-up about people quitting people again and I thought if I were to quit my job tomorrow, it wouldn’t be because of my manager so maybe there isn’t a lot of truth in the “people quit people” statement? What do you think about the understanding that people quit problems instead? A problem could be anything, you aren’t working your dream job, your pay isn’t what you would like, your family is relocating, the company changed its direction and it’s not a direction you support, you don’t like your co-workers, you don’t like the company processes (that no one else seems to be bothered by). A problem really could be anything and sometimes the solution is quitting and going somewhere else.

I wonder too though, when you are driven to quit, is it really your supervisors fault that you quit? How much did you share with that supervisor and how much did you expect them to figure out on their own? What did you contribute to the problem you thought your manager was not taking care of? Is your quitting just you pitching a fit or is it legit not a fit anymore?

Not a super thought-provoking post, just wondering out loud why we buy into hype (and buzz words) sometimes.

HR under fire

Scrolling around through some social media sites recently I watched HR take some heat for the large number of unemployed, from the unemployed. I read through several conversations that were happening before I gave up on trying to understand the nonsense and just power down. I kept thinking later that it would’ve done the profession zero good for me to try to engage in conversation to clear up some obvious misunderstandings. This group of people seemed to have made their mind up and probably would’ve argued with anyone about anything, and that’s a shame, right?

i hate hr

Let me back up to a week ago. The closing general session of the SHRM legislative conference was the Secretary of Labor from the U.S. Department of Labor, Thomas Perez. He was a wonderful speaker, very charismatic and he took charge of the room like a pro! He had stories too. Stories that would make the hardest of hearts soften. As I listened to him tell the tales of the single mother who couldn’t turn her heat up because she was many months unemployed and struggling to find a job so she bundled up and rationed her food to stay within budget, I looked around the room full of HR professionals. I looked to see who was engaged, who was tweeting and who was truly heart-broken. Then I thought of the worst employee I ever had and how relieved we were when she was no longer employed with us. What if the lady he was telling the story about was her? The employee that had a problem with every holiday we took. The employee that had a problem with every supervisor who asked her to do anything. The employee who was offended by the candy in the vending machine. We’ve all had those employees, right? What if that long-term unemployed person really is that employee?

What blows my mind is that SHRM was very involved in the efforts for the “Ready to Work” initiative, so speaking for the HR community, they care about those long-term unemployed. I also didn’t think it was a secret that HR does NOT own the hiring process, but to read the comments I read it must be a secret still. Hey public, HR doesn’t own the hiring process (and they shouldn’t).

So back to the conversations my computer screen was flooded with, what if those people are that employee? Can we help them? Do we do anything for them? Is it HRs responsibility to get them back on track? Is there really a skills gap in the country or is there an attitude gap? Or better yet, an entitlement gap? Something to chew on this Monday morning, I’d love to hear your thoughts.