OK, many of you already read this article about The art of incompetence – but I have to say that I have been surprised by the response. There are three categories of responses.
- No Way – this is why HR does not have a seat at the table!
- Sure – good for company, good for my visibility, good for morale.
- I am indignant that anyone would feign incompetence just to get out of doing something (humor challenged!)
About 80% of the responders answer #2 & #3. Now, I know that the company picnic can be a good thing – but really, does HR have to organize it? Would Finance organize it? Would Manufacturing organize it?
Seems to me this sends the wrong message to the rest of the exec team about the purpose of HR. Are we here to organize the picnic and bring your daughter to work day or are we here to help ensure that our organization succeeds???
If we hope to have a *seat at the table* shouldn’t we have to have something more to contribute?