Over the years I’ve seen HR practices come and go. Remember the Zappo’s “Holacracy”? Sounded great…but didn’t stick. This, my friends, is what we would call a fad. So, in that vein, a friend of mine forwarded me a New York Times Article titled: Focusing On HR Before Ping Pong Tables. The article describes a shift in the startup world where HR Leaders are amongst the first to be hired rather than the last.
“Should HR come first in success planning? Even for startups? Yes, here’s why:”
I read this and thought, “It’s about time. The millennials are getting this RIGHT!” Yes, I said the millennials. Perhaps exposure to corporate talent failures have gotten through the interwebs (cough…Uber) combined with millennials’ innate desire to “do what is right socially” is shifting the perception of what HR’s true value proposition is.
Many of us have witnessed the HR-Afterthought Effect. Here is the typical progression of the HR function at ACME Corporation:
- Phase I: The leaders themselves are HR. (which means there is no HR)…