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HC Online | 12 May 2015, 08:29 AM Agree 0
One HRD shares his thoughts on what other professionals should avoid at all costs if they want to keep their jobs.
  • Colin from Oz | 12 May 2015, 11:47 AM Agree 0
    I agree with most of what you say, but if you don't "police your team", then who will? Sorry, but if you allow poor punctuality and tardiness to go unchecked it will cause you a lot of issues, including the impact of other staff seeing this kind of behaviour being allowed.
  • Patrick | 12 May 2015, 11:47 AM Agree 0
    Years ago went for a job HR/Payroll Officer job at a large financial institution, I asked the HR Manager and Op's Manger to list 5 HR duties. They could only name one so I thought I would help out and said maybe the responsible person could help out with OHS in the office. The HR Manager then told me "Those laws don't affect us". I know it wouldn't ruin her/his career but realised I didn't want my career and life cut short from her/his ignorance.
  • Faisal | 12 May 2015, 01:57 PM Agree 0
    Good article. It's important to focus on a culture that nourishes the change we want to see in employees rather than police the employees.
  • HR Dude | 13 May 2015, 09:04 AM Agree 0
    @ Colin; I think the comment about Policing is about double standards. Its a general management don't-do, but being strict with the timekeeping of your staff, then going for a coffee break, or just sitting on a computer and not doing actual work. You're right in that you need to ensure any HR team set a good example with work times.

    This is a good article. I've seen how reporting all behaviour up can completely stop the free flow of information to the manager. It can be hard though, if you are expected to coach staff but have little to no experience in that area (due to being specialised in another area, like payroll, OHS, etc) then it can be tempting to play it safe and report everything.
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