I'm not a maven of HR practices except insofar as I am affected at this
company where I work. So, I have a very limited knowledge. All what
follows is conjecture in a way.
Did I write that sentence about "sad indictment?" Can't remember using
those words. If HR is stodgy, it's because it may be seen by some as a
paper pushing organization that receives applications, handles benefit
papers as complex as 1040's, interprets encyclopedic OSHA stuff. And, to
top it off, rumor has it they can't keep a secret, so why seek any advice?
This paper-oriented stereotype is silly, of course, in the more pro-active
organizations which help build strong employee satisfaction. Not much of
a hop, in my opinion, from a people-oriented group to a LO promotional
group. I suggest that the hurdle will be in changing the attitudes of
personnel within HR. So many Senge loops in here, no?
-- Barry Mallis email@example.com