That wont work here, because we only employ stupid people
Posted by Meg Bear on May 3, 2010
Recently I have begun to notice how many HR Policies have as their core assumption that people are stupid and must be given a very short leash or they will will do harm.
I can’t help but have the reaction that this is a very bad reflection on the HR process and is probably bad to believe in general.
The thing about assumptions like this, be it in a social media policy, or a benefits process, or a talent strategy, is that they have a way of proving true.
I would like to call this Meg’s second law (remember I have already put down another law) — please let me know if I accidentally lifted this from someone else and I’ll happy attribute.
When you assume your workforce is stupid they will learn to prove you right.
HR Department, please remember that you put yourself at the center of acquiring, developing and retaining talent. So if your workforce is dumb you might need to look in the mirror and find out why.
When you find yourselves wanting to build policy that has, at its core, a distrust of the mental capacity of your workforce, I would like for you to consider a different assumption instead.
How about you start with the assumption that you employ smart people who are just in need of access to the bigger picture, the organizational goals, and the core values of your company, and then maybe give them some space to do great things.
If this is not going to happen where you work, I suggest you might want to consider moving to an organization that employs smart people, or you might have your own reputation tarnished in the process.
Seriously, if you only have stupid people working at your company, you need a better place to practise your HR craft, because those people are going to take you down with them,
if you are creating stupid people as a result of your policies you might want to quit doing that.