No HR or Talent Pro seeks otherwise.
“Man, I just want to find a company where I’m a replaceable cog in a wheel, 100% tactical, administrative and traditional – keeping the lights on. Where if employees get paid accurately and a computer or robot wasn’t purchased to do my job, it’s a good week.”
Said NO ONE, EVER.
So in our quest to turn our current company into an enviable and attractive employer, or in our quest to find another employer that exudes these qualities, we upsell. We brag about what we’ve done that’s innovative and progressive, and we share those factors of our culture that put the company we work for in the most favorable light.
And when we start looking at opportunities outside of our current employer because the grass looks pretty green on the other side of the HR fence, we also have a tendency to believe all the great stuff being said about our prospective new employer by their recruiting team. We soak up what they have to tell us through rose-colored glasses so easily convinced that surely this place will be way better than where we work now.
There are still LOTS of companies out there that don’t give two shits about their employees. They don’t care about their people, and they don’t care about HR.
But they say they do.
They really only care that there are enough people working in their business to produce what they sell, and if that’s covered then they’re cool. They minimize labor costs and provide the absolute minimum necessary to keep butts in seats.
So how do you tell if you’re currently working for one of these employers now, or less obviously considering an opportunity at a new company that proclaims to be more people-focused than your current employer?
Here are seven tell-tale signs that an employer doesn’t care about their people. These characteristics should awaken your skepticism, get your BS meter buzzing, and cause you to dig deeper into any claims that “we’re all about our people here” …
There might be rare exceptions as to why your company (or a new employer your considering) meets some of this criteria and still holds the We-Care-About-People moniker, but if they tick more than a couple of these boxes then caveat emptor. You’re being sold a bill of goods.
What they’re saying just isn’t lining up with what they are doing, and you might be better off finding another place to invest your HR talents.