Why We Love to Hate HR…and What HR Can Do About It – HBR

English: Diagram representing the different as...

English: Diagram representing the different aspects of E-HR (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This article from HBR is seriously disappointing and in my view is trashing the HBR brand. Read it and decide for yourself!

via Why We Love to Hate HR…and What HR Can Do About It – HBR.

The HR function are dinosaurs and should, long ago, have been replaced by technology, outsourcing and off-shoring. At the senior levels, HR executives and managers play petty politics, rather than provide independent counsel. At middle and junior levels, they’re simply ineffective bureaucrats.

The scope of the HBR article is wrong too, it should have included the whole recruitment industry. External recruiters are far too close to HR insiders. Recruitment costs are still at disgraceful high levels. My rule of thumb, with technology, external recruitment costs should be capped at 4% of annual salary on average. Big, cattle fodder recruiters  should be capped at 1.5% for basic services.

There are massive cost saving opportunities in the HR functions of bureaucratic organizations, like banks, the public sector and regulated industries.

Western recruitment practices are a joke in China’s leading media. 

Let me ask an open question:

Surely, it’s time to remove the HR roadblocks and give merit a chance?

Opinion?

Small business in the spotlight … Code Kingdoms | Guardian Small Business Network | The Guardian

This is an excellent article from the Guardian Small Business Network. It’s worth a read. Check it out!

via Small business in the spotlight … Code Kingdoms | Guardian Small Business Network | The Guardian.

There are a number of useful themes in this article for budding entrepreneurs, parents and policy-makers.

I monitor both the mainstream and social media for articles on ‘small business’. Most are poor quality and just sales pitches. Watch out for the ‘five best’ type headline. The Guardian Small Business Network is head and shoulders above the rest.

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