PIC POV: HR’s a Joke!

*Part of our micro blogging series where we share our point of view on certain topics. Today Janine and Chris tackles anonymous accounts, bashtagging and enablers*

Chris Fields –

Anyone who knows me or read any of my articles knows that I love HR and hate to see it devalued and embarrassed. But in this instance HR’s a Joke. I saw this article by Mr. Bill Boorman. It’s about an anonymous Twitter account with the handle @HR_Said_What aka Johnny Jobs.  Here’s Bill’s article.

Why do we put up with it? By it I mean behavior that is abusive, disruptive, discriminatory, inflammatory and inappropriate.

Every organization, every family, every community has its bad eggs.

Any criminal, thug, hood, punk, thief and deviant individual have help. No one does anything like this alone and in secret.  There are accomplices, by standers, witnesses and enablers.

But why do we watch in silence? It’s only a matter of time before you become the victim.

I had an online confrontation with that account in February. It tweeted “In honor of Black History Month it’s okay to say to your black employees “N*gga Please.””

I was offended. Lot of people died hearing that word as their very last word.

I exchanged a few tweets with whoever manages that account and then we took the conversation to the direct message feed.  In the meantime. I was getting tweets and text messages and inbox messages from other HR folks on Twitter, who told me to “let it go”,”just move on”, “it’s not worth it” and “forget about it.”

I also had a few people come to the defense of that account. “Oh you are too sensitive”, “I didn’t think that was an offensive comment”, “You should get off twitter if you are so sensitive.” There was more, but you get the picture.

So I blocked it and I moved on.

Now, months later, it’s happening again. I call “it” an “it” because I’m not sure if it’s a male or female managing that account. I have my suspicions but truly I don’t care.

I don’t care anything about Johnny Jobs or the people or persons managing that account. Cowards are clandestine, and they will always be.

What does bother me is that there are several people in HR who are protecting it/them. Enablers –supporters! You should be ashamed.  It’s obvious that whoever controls that account is in HR and relies on HR for opportunities to speak, present and advance their careers, while at the same time, mocking the very group that it needs to flourish. And YOU (ENABLERS) are foolish enough to allow it. Again, shame on you for being used like filthy rags and made a fool of.

You want to know why Corporate America does not take HR seriously, it’s because we don’t take ourselves seriously.  We allow ourselves to be used in the name of BAD humor – yes, we are the ass end of the joke. So cheers HR enablers – jokes on us!

Janine Truitt –

For a discipline that still seems to be making the business case for its existence, I think the recent display of foolery & blatant disrespect at HRFL (#HRFL) was not an indication that we are on solid ground.

I don’t have a problem with poking fun or even sharing the truth about what HR does wrong, but to personally attack individuals that are not only valuable to our work, but consistently support these functions is deplorable.

The purpose of the conference presence on social media is to raise awareness, engage an audience and disseminate information. If you were an  onlooker and were to buy-in to attending conferences like HRFL in the future-@HR_Said_What ‘s display of disrespect would surely have you question whether it’s worth it or not.

I’m not a social prude, but I do think there needs to be respect in the same manner you would expect it in real life.


2 thoughts on “PIC POV: HR’s a Joke!

  1. Thanks for your thoughts on this Chris, but I come down in the camp of saying nothing. My feeling is that the more attention you give small minds, like this, the more they will continue to do things like this.

    I worked as a reporter as a young man. I was covering an event that was interrupted by an outburst from a group that was looking for some coverage. I did not mention them in my story and invoked the ire of the news director. He said it was not my call to decide. This is the same set of circumstances, and it is a difference of opinion. The less said the better, but it does piss each of us off when they point their comments in our own direction. So lash out if you must my man!

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