It’s hard to do the math on people (Editor’s notes)

Latest jab at HR on metrics has a ring of truth
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/03/2009

Every once in a while, someone winds up and takes a few shots at HR. A couple of years ago it was Fast Company writer Keith Hammond, who stirred the pot with his infamous “Why we hate HR” article. Last month, it was Richard Beatty, an HR academic at Rutgers University in Camden, N.J., who took some shots at the profession during a speech to an audience of CFOs at a conference in Florida.

If you’ll allow me to use a bit of a metaphor, HR is to professions what Canada is to the world. It often doesn’t get the respect it deserves, it’s a little bit insecure because it’s a relatively new player and it’s an easy target for people looking to take cheap shots.

But are Beatty’s recent comments cheap shots? Or is it more a case of the truth hurts? Beatty, after all, took careful aim and fired at what many consider to be HR’s Achilles heel: Metrics.