An office – or any business for that matter – is a bit like a microcosm of society as a whole. It’s a place where people of different backgrounds, attitudes and beliefs work side by side, and it functions best when it is operating in harmony and a basic set of behavioral expectations and guidelines are followed.
Typically, this is where two unfortunate generalizations and oversimplifications come into play when it comes to human resources. In the first trope, they are painted as the bureaucratic killjoys whose singular thrill in life comes at stamping out the seeds of fun before they can grow into full bloom. If not being portrayed as the Official Pooper of Parties (sash optional), then they are most likely viewed as the heavy.
Both of those cliches are unfair. As with any time you use a broad brush, you cannot capture the subtleties and details needed to see the whole picture. The truth is human resources play an important and essential role in maintaining a productive and goal-oriented workplace where management is supported, and employees are enthused and engaged.
In this issue of Greater Lansing Business Monthly, we’re giving some long-overdue love to these unsung heroes of the working world. Consider these job vital responsibilities that are typically undertaken by a company’s human resources department:
Naturally, there is a wealth of other behind-the-scenes support conducted by human resources. As with any job, unless you’re the one doing it, you probably don’t know half of what is involved. Traffic cop and team-builder are just two of the many hats human resources has to wear on any given day, but the work they do and the roles they play make the workaday world a bit better for everyone.