Human Resources - scourge of the Big-Biz world

Posted On: Monday - April 2nd 2018 4:13PM MST
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A Human Resources Generalist?

(Yeah, I think I could place her in a good position...)

This first paragraph is just some housekeeping, as I have added a new topic key, Big-Biz Stupidity. It's very easy to do, but I have hesitated adding these as a good many of the older post should have the new topic keys attached. It's time to add a few more new ones, and then go through all 620 posts and see what matches. It's not like we have a search function or anything, ha! Just due to time allotment, it's gonna have to be posting or updating the site, and I've been opting for posting above all.

Anyway, this post is about Big Business, and has the appropriate topic key now. Let's get to the point: It's these damn HR people, mostly women. In case you've lived a charmed life, you would know that the acronym stands for Human Resources, the people formerly known as "personnel". Even the name change represents a step down in status of the employees they aim to hire or help in some way. "Personnel" is fairly plain English, and while the "Human" part sounds more, well, human, I don't feel like a "resource". "We've got $155 million in liquid assets, some $340 million in mechanical assets, including the CATS and Kubotas, and a net cash drain of $55 million in those human resources", and "We need about 40 more of those fluid mechanics engineering resources, say 25 more of those computer programming resources, and get rid of those 10 deadbeat marketing resources", is, I guess, how the company sees it. The Human Resources people are there to collect those resources. That name change was probably 30-40 years ago, and I'm not personelly (get it?) gonna change it, so let me get to the real problem with these human wasted resources.

It's not the administrative part of this HR job I have a problem with. In a big organization, you're gonna need a few people to take care of the health plan, the tax deductions, the vacation time, etc. to let people work at their real jobs. That's what you call, well, used to call, being a clerk, and that term went away even longer ago, I think. There's nothing wrong with it. Someone who works on brand-new software to approve vacation days, and get people signed up for this and that is still just as much of a clerk as the guy who did it on yellow legal pads, and kept open-ring binders in the 1970's. You do know Peak Stupidity HATES euphemisms, right?

It's the hiring part of the job that makes these HR (mostly) women into the tyrants of the working world. This goes back more than 2 decades for me, as, at a technical job, the boss was telling us that he wanted to hire this one guy who had experience at this certain job. "I don't know... we've got to get it through HR" he worried, and rightly so, cause I never saw the guy show up. WTF should the boss (of this group, anyway) not be able to hire whomever he feels like? I was shocked by this revelation. They are middlewomen, and just as people in the FIRE "industries" are nothing but middlemen, they get off on making the productive people bow down to them, due to their power in the hiring process.

HR people KNOW NOTHING about the jobs that they are hiring people to do. If they did, they'd probably be DOING those jobs, rather than making up fancy processes to screen out people. The Peak Stupidity blog staff [uh-huh? - Ed] is most familiar with the software field as far as this piece of stupidity goes. There are thousands of types of scripts or "packages" or "environments" or what-have-you that can be asked for in a job description. Many of these can be learned over a weekend. OK, it may take a while to get faster, but, damn, it's just not any big deal, but these are just mysterious black boxes to the HR women. "Oh, you don't 'have' php? Oooh, this is not gonna work.". "Oh, you use the open-source version of Word. Nah, you're not Big Corp material - I'm so sorry." It's easier just to have a friend that you used to "work for" to back you up for any little piece of software in the job description. Yeah, that's what I'm telling you. Just get the job - ever heard of OJT? That works, if you already have the smarts.

I could tell more stories, but Peak Stupidity doesn't like to reveal all, as you may have noticed. These HR clowns are traveling all over the world, BTW, acting like Queens of the Skies, going to Brazil to hire some people to bring back as cheap labor on H-1B visas, for instance - yes, I've talked to them. Apparently there are not enough smart people here ... well, not that can be bossed around as much as foreigners on "temporary" work visas. Even if you seem quite qualified for a job, you may find out that the ad is in place just to fulfill US law, but the description can be made tighter at will to screen out anyone who may be qualified but is not that specific work-visa guy that the ad was made to ass-cover.

Yet, one has to be on the best side for these people, so it's really not good to bring up any of this material herein during an interview with one of these "generalists". [disclaimer required per Peak Stupidity legal dept.]. The lack of knowledge in the fields that they are hiring for, combined with the abiltiy to force prospective employees to kiss ass, or at the very least, be nice, indeed turns these people into the scourge of the Big-Biz world. Then, since they are part of the corporate dead-mass, you've got to put up with this type of crap:


Due to blood pressure concerns the rest about this scourge of the Big-Biz world will be covered by two more short posts, I think, one on having to deal with the HR department when already on the job, and another involving computer-based selection of employees.

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