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These Ten Policies Are An Embarrassment To The HR Profession

Via Forbes : I understand that some of us work for big, stodgy corporations, but seriously — how can HR leaders look in the mirror and feel good about themselves when they enforce despicable policies every day at work? Some HR policies that are still in force in companies around the world should have disappeared into oblivion decades ago.

We can’t say, “We need these policies to maintain a well-ordered workforce” anymore, not with a straight face. It’s 2016. We hire adults — and competent and professional adults at that. If you don’t trust the people who work for your company, what does that say about you?

I understand that some of us work for big, stodgy corporations, but seriously — how can HR leaders look in the mirror and feel good about themselves when they enforce despicable policies every day at work? Some HR policies that are still in force in companies around the world should have disappeared into oblivion decades ago.

We can’t say, “We need these policies to maintain a well-ordered workforce” anymore, not with a straight face. It’s 2016. We hire adults — and competent and professional adults at that. If you don’t trust the people who work for your company, what does that say about you?

3. The policy that prohibits managers from giving references for their former employees. If you don’t trust your managers to give references responsibly and professionally, why do you let them lead teams of employees and interact with customers and vendors?

4. The policy that requires job-seekers to give up their salary history details. This practice will be illegal in Massachusetts when a newly-signed law takes effect, and should be illegal everywhere.

5. The policy that subjects grown-up adults to Progressive Discipline and Performance Improvement Plans instead of sitting down with them and asking, “What isn’t working, from your perspective? What do we need to talk about and clear up, that we haven’t talked about enough yet?”

6. The policy that steals frequent flyer airline miles from the person whose actual tush was in that airline seat. People who travel for business don’t get paid for the hours they donate, when they could be at home and doing whatever they want to do. At least give them the frequent flyer miles they earned! Any company who needs to pinch pennies by stealing their employees’ airline miles has a leadership problem that stealing airline miles from employees will not solve!

7. The policy that employees who want to transfer to a different department have to get their current manager’s approval first. This is brainless on the face of it, because you don’t have to get your manager’s approval to go and work for a different company. Requiring employees to get their manager’s approval for an internal transfer is a great way to drive talent out the door.

8. The policy that prohibits employees from talking about their salaries with other employees. Whenever I see a company with this policy in place I ask them, “What are you afraid of?” Your employees are adults. Let them talk about whatever they like. That’s how you build trust.

9. The policy that lets salaried employees work until 10 p.m. or midnight without so much as a comment but dings them when they walk into work 10 minutes late in the morning.

10. Any policy that ranks or stacks employees one against the other, like Forced Ranking programs or performance review systems that allocate only a few spots for Top Performers, a few more spots for Above Average performers, and so on. While you’re reforming your out-of-date performance review system, why not ditch performance reviews altogether the way progressive companies are doing right and left!

It’s a new day. Employers that value talent and show it have no problem recruiting great people and hanging onto them.

If your company still has any of these Neanderthal policies in place, print out this story and leave a few copies of it in every conference room to spark discussion. Your co-workers will be glad you did!

If you are an HR leader, a more thoughtful approach is required. Stop and think about your strategic plan for 2017. Is any part of your HR strategy for the new year concerned with recruiting, retention and generally upgrading the culture in your workplace? I certainly hope so! Getting rid of these outdated and cruel policies is a great start in the right direction. You can begin right now!

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