Maybe it’s just a new bout of crabiness but WTF, HR community? Are we really that clueless about asserting ourselves in the workplace that we get excited when David Ulrich (albeit a recognized expert) tells us that we need to become “Credible Activists”. This is just a fancy term for “speaking up.” A lot of what’s hit the HR blogosphere (e.g. HR Capitalist, HR Observations, etc.) over the last couple of days points to this topic. And there is a lot of giddy excitement around it. Give me a break. Are you telling me that the concept of sharing your opinions openly and not being afraid of contributing to business dialogue is something new to this community? It’s like everyone was just waiting for someone to tell us this…to give us permission to be more visible in the workplace.
My lord, we really are further behind than I thought. Or am I just running with the wrong crowd? I don’t mean to burst everyone’s bubble – it’s a good concept and it’s one people should adhere to. But it’s one that should be innate at this point. It certainly is in all other business functions. I make damn sure it is with anyone that I hire for my team.
Maybe I’m over-reacting, but can someone please help me feel a little more optimistic about the state of our HR union?