HR Is Neither Human, Nor Are They a Resource
OK, I'm going to have every single SHRM member down my throat if I don't explain my title pretty quickly.
I'm quickly becoming a fan of workplacebullying.org - an outstanding resource for those who are dealing with the extreme of office politics known as workplace bullying. I take a vested interest in this topic because I was a target of bullying my first job out of college. Both of the bullies eventually "met their waterloo" and I've been able to observe their roller-coaster careers with interest. Both have zero credibility with those who now work with them, and those who formerly worked with and for them have extremely unfavorable things to say about them.
Regardless of my own past, I've found this site to be thought-provoking and articulate, especially with a recent post on HR's role in dealing with office politics. In my afore-mentioned experience, I reached out to HR, who was not only unwilling to help me, but reported my issues to the superiors who were bullying me, just adding fuel to the fire.
A lot has changed in 20 years of evolving organizations... or has it? Is Human Resources part of the solution or the problem? After reading two sides of the argument and the corresponding comments, what do you think? What positions have you observed from HR? Do they assist with bullying or alleviate it?