Moving past HR stereotypes (Toughest HR question)

Understanding the business and being involved in day-to-day operations help HR professionals overcome stereotypes
By Brian Kreissl
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/01/2010

Question: How do you move beyond the typical HR stereotype?

Answer: There are four major HR stereotypes. These are often overlapping and sometimes contradictory, and their possible antidotes are listed below:

The touchy-feely “HR people are so nice” stereotype: Sure, we all want people to think we’re nice, don’t we? But, unfortunately, this stereotype is rooted in a deep misunderstanding of what HR actually does. When people say HR people are “nice,” this backhanded compliment really means they see us as the planners of company picnics rather than strategic business partners.