Editor’s Note: As I wind down my time as Editor of TLNT — yes, I’m leaving next month— I wanted to share a few of my favorite posts. Here’s one from October 2015.
It’s an old but often asked question: Who does HR really work for?
This is a good thing, because Lord knows we have a great many workplace conundrums to solve, especially when it comes to conundrums involving human resources.
At any rate, The Workologist is one of those Q&A features where readers pose workplace questions and The Workologist — a man by the name of Rob Walker that The Times describes as “a guy with well-intentioned opinions, not a professional career adviser” — answers them.
Well, caveat emptor on HR and workplace advice from “a guy with well-intentioned opinions” who is “not a professional career adviser” or some sort of expert on workplace practices. That’s not exactly a ringing endorsement of his credentials.
Are HR conversations confidential?
But, one answered question that caught my eye recently had to do with a long-standing concern that gets asked about all the time:
Are conversations with a human resources department confidential?
It’s a great question that really never gets old, because employees are often encouraged to go to human resources to talk to them when they have a workplace issue that needs to be resolved.