My Very Best HR Advice of 2012

Here is a summary of my best HR advice from 2012.

  • Be an advocate for what is right.
  • There’s nothing wrong with paying people and protecting their civil rights.
  • Remember that you don’t manage people unless you really manage people, yo.
  • Job titles matter.
  • Everyone wants to be a coach and an advisor because that’s the easy job.
  • Big data is what small-minded people want when they don’t know how to ask for something more specific.
  • When in doubt, shut up. The truth emerges.
  • Bad habits keep HR in business.
  • It’s not your job to fix people.
  • Taco Tuesday can be a gateway to something bigger and better.
  • No one ever died by saying, “I’m wrong.
  • The world is a tough place. It’s okay to swear.
  • Not everyone can be a CHRO.
  • There is no such thing as an employer brand. That’s a lie.
  • Employees are engaged when the work is good, the people are decent, and the pay is worthwhile. And maybe not even then.
  • You can’t gamify open enrollment.
  • Potlucks cause office diarrhea and should be banned.
  • Gaps in resumes are okay.
  • HR technology can’t solve for stupid.
  • There is no HR without recruiting.

This was originally published on Laurie Ruettimann’s The Cynical Girl blog.

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Laurie Ruettimann is a former human resources leader turned writer, entrepreneur, and speaker. She is also author of Betting on You: How to Put Yourself First and (Finally) Take Control of Your Career.

CNN has recognized Laurie as one of the top five career advisors in the United States, and her work has been featured on NPR, The New YorkerUSA TodayThe Wall Street Journal, and Vox. Laurie frequently delivers keynote speeches at business and management events around the world and hosts the popular podcast Punk Rock HR. She lives with her husband and cats in Raleigh, N.C.