What’s Wrong with Human Resources?
It's A Compliance Function
In the world of business, there are some people who still understand what the lasting and deleterious effects of ideologically-driven social policies have been on companies across America and its competitiveness in general:
The problem goes back to decisions made in the ’70s by the U.S. government, which was trying to put a Band-Aid on a discrimination problem. As a result, human resources, initially designed to assure employee availability and productivity, became a compliance function. This massive focus on equal opportunity, which should have centered on skills, wiped out the emerging science of expert employee management by trying to force people into jobs they weren’t yet qualified to do. Collateral damage was the loss of the skills and knowledge of how to do layoffs. As a result, this knowlege exists in few companies in any segment. This will be a problem, and a significant one, as company after company has to lay off staff as a result of the economic meltdown.
You never hear viewpoints like this expressed on the evening news.