Run by middle-aged women who like cats.
Some of that is true — especially the part about cats — but the majority of my colleagues were smart people with big hearts. More than 46 percent of HR professionals pursued graduate degrees. More than 12 percent have Ph.Ds or other post-graduate accomplishments. And not every “HR lady” is a lady. Some of them are dudes.
The external hatred for the modern-day HR department seemed emotional, irrational and arbitrary to me. I worked with interesting and intelligent people who had strong expertise in business and management strategy. I befriended HR leaders who ran small businesses on the side. And I made lifelong connections with HR professionals who had successfully defended dissertations, held patents and wrote books on the subject of leadership and human development.
When I left my final job in HR, I began researching, blogging and writing about human resources so I could answer a simple question:
Why does everyone hate HR and how can we fix that?
I think I have the answer, but you may not like what you read. My writing style is direct and honest. I don’t pull any punches. If you are easily offended, please stop reading. But I burned bridges in HR so I could light the way for you.
I hope you are ready to break stereotypes and reclaim HR.
Excerpt from I Am HR: 5 Strategic Ways to Break Stereotypes and Reclaim HRby Laurie Ruettimann (Rep Cap Press, 2014)
About the Author: Laurie Ruettimann is a former Human Resources leader turned influential speaker, writer, and social media strategist. You may know her as the creator of The Cynical Girl and Punk Rock HR, which Forbes named as a top 100 website for women.
Laurie is a contributing editor for The Conference Board Review; a contributor to the TalentSpace blog and Business Insider; an advisor to SmartBrief on Workforce; and her advice has been featured in a wide variety of publications such as The New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, USA Todayand AOL. Laurie is also recognized as one of the Top 5 career advisors by CareerBuilder and CNN.