Lately, I have seen the term “HR Lady” circulating around the internet on blogs.
Yes, still in this day and age there are HR Ladies. It is a personality type or more aptly “personnelity type”.
In fact, I have many, many good friends, colleagues and mentors who probably directly relate to and are flattered by the term “HR Lady”. Sometimes I myself feel like an HR Lady. Indeed, because there is so much progesterone in the mix, we do end up with a profession of Mother Hens.
On this Mothers’ Day, I want to make a profound statement though–the workplace is no place for HR Mothers. Keep motherhood to your own two and four-legged brood. The HR Lady has to stop behaving like a mother at the workplace.
To be clear, I’m not saying that you can’t be a mother and work in HR, in fact we’d have a skills shortage if that were to occur, however, I’d like to highlight the problems of being too “motherly” in a workplace. Among these problems:
- Employees are not children, and we should not treat them as such.
- Don’t use “baby talk” to explain the obvious to adults.
- Employees don’t need to be protected; they need to be encouraged to self-manage, and learn from mistakes.
- Employees should clean up after themselves.
- Do not use the crutch of nagging to get things done (a strategy often used by mothers).
- HR Professionals need to use more than just their intuition to identify problems.
Enjoy your special day, with your family and not at work.
That is all.