Wednesday, February 18, 2009

HR is not is strategic

HR professionals, as a tendency, are really insecure saps. This on-going crap about making HR strategic has been going on for years. It is laughable and pathetic all at once.

What makes HR "strategic?" Is it the fact that it is a necessary function for a business to operate? By that standard, what isn't strategic in a business? the building maintenance crew? the telephone reception function? the accounts payable function?

I firmly believe this "strategic" desire for HR can be stated differently, i.e. "I want my function to be considered 'strategic' so I can feel more valued because I am insecure about my chosen profession and that I might not be important enough." Does anyone ever hear sales, marketing, services, finance, or IT professionals worrying about whether or not the business views them as strategic? Every once and a while perhaps, but minimally compared to HR.

My advice to HR professionals, stop your whinging, be proud, do your job well, and get on with it. It's a job that needs to be done for every business, and that, in itself, should be enough.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

This just in - Lawson website is awful

I hadn't looked at Lawson in too much detail in a while, but a recent trip to their website left me reeling in shock, and frankly, laughter. It is simply awful. Neither informative nor engaging, it just leaves me wondering, "What were they thinking?" The little cartoon character, Lars Lawson, takes the cake. Does anyone think this website leaves visitors with a positive impression of the company? If so, please let me know. I am truly curious.

Check it out at

See what I mean?