HR Leaders: One Proven Way To Drive Great HR People From Your Organization.

by Alan Collins

We’re living in the era of “The Great Opportunity.”

As such, conversations like these are happening in organizations everywhere…

HR Manager: “I’ve decided to move on. Here’s my 2 weeks’ notice.”

HR VP: “But you’ve only been with us a year. You’re doing a great job.”

HR Manager: “Yes boss, but I’m working 7 days a week and most evenings. I’m doing three people’s jobs — mine, Jamal’s and Suzanne’s, who both quit weeks ago. If I don’t cover what they did, our clients will be very disappointed.”

HR VP: “I’m working on getting us some help. You know I’ve been interviewing candidates. But with the pandemic, it’s hard finding good HR folks.”

HR Manager: “I told you many times about the extreme workload. The emotional stress it’s now putting on me and my young family is unbelievable. I think I’m losing them.”

HR VP: “But I’m working on fixing the issue.”

HR Manager: “Thank you, but I’ve already accepted the new job.”

The result: A good, hard-working HR professional exits the organization forever.

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Here are the challenges now facing this HR VP:

Finding a new person.

Training them.

Hoping to retain them.

Keeping demanding clients satisfied in the interim.

Lowered HR team morale.

Overcoming the reputation for not retaining talent.

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The blunt message for you as an HR leader is clear.

Whether you’re leading a team of 1 or 100…

Your people have lives outside of work.

If you work your people unreasonably and to the bone, they’ll quit.

There are better opportunities everywhere, especially for talented, hard-working, career-minded HR pros.

Your best people get HR opportunities delivered to their inboxes and via voicemail from recruiters constantly.

If YOU believe nothing is worth losing your family for…recognize that many of your people feel the same way.

Just some food for thought.

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About the Author: Alan Collins is Founder of Success in HR, Inc. and the author of a variety of best selling HR books on career advancement including the New HR Leader’s First 100 Days.  He was formerly Vice President – Human Resources at PepsiCo where he led HR initiatives for their Quaker Oats, Gatorade and Tropicana businesses.

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3 Responses to “HR Leaders: One Proven Way To Drive Great HR People From Your Organization.”

  1. Wesley Says:

    Dead on, Alan.

  2. Wayne Says:

    G’day Alan – when people feel exploited they generally exit! Another challenge for this VP HR is having a reputation for not retaining talent – job now at risk. You reap what you sow.

  3. Alan Says:

    Excellent point, Wayne. It’s so on the money, I have added it as a point in the article. Appreciate the feedback and enhancement. Be well.