“Can Humor Help Human Resources?” asks Pam Victor
, Head of Happiness (aka President/Founder) of Happier Valley Comedy. It is a valid question, because if you look the sterotypes around HR
, it seems like we need some humor and we need some help.
To illustrate this point, a short association game (pick your favorites):
HR are the…:
- fun police
- hall monitors
- work mommas
- wrist slappers
- office fairies
- secret agents
- process dictators
- compensation dragons
- union snatchers
- enablers of bad management
- good minions
- are afraid to draw outside the lines
If that is the perception, why does HR - or the people role at work - even still exist?
, faculty member at the THNK School of Creative Leadership
, and I took these stereotypes to challenge our thinking around the purpose of the HR function. What do I mean?
For example, if the old purpose of HR was to run people processes effectively, efficiently and with little noise (which led to the aforementioned stereotypes
) and this role no longer serving purpose, then…
What is the role of HR?
What is and will be the people role in the world of work?
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