How to be the world’s worst HR Manager
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By Rebecca Langdon
Many people will have come up against an HR Manager within their organisation which they were
convinced was the world’s worst. Here are our top ten traits:
1- Unaware of regulatory requirements
HR Managers need to be up to date with legal requirements and relevant acts, such as employee
2- No people management skills
The nature of this job means that an HR Manager will have to deal with people as a core part of their
role. Having empathy, and good communication skills is a must.
3- Viewing people as a commodity/number
Treating people as an expense to the business and not individuals.
4- Not following process
In many cases HR Managers will have particular policies and procedures that they need to follow,
such as a grievance procedure. In the event that an HR Manager does not follow process, they may
be exposing the organisation to employee claims.
5- Does not seek legal advice
Employment law is complex. HR Managers need to know when it is the right time to get help from
the legal team.
6- Send poor/unqualified candidates
Many HR Managers get involved in recruitment. A bad HR Manager will send forward candidates
which do not meet the hiring manager’s person spec.
7- Not up to date with salary benchmarks
HR Managers will have a fundamental role in setting employee salaries. Keeping up to date with
industry benchmark data is important if the business wants to be able to hire in the best talent.
8- Poor communicator
An HR Manager needs to communicate with individuals at all levels of the organisation on a regular
basis. To be successful, an HR Manager will need good communication skills.
9- Bad negotiator
HR Managers will often be responsible for negotiating salaries, and redundancies. Having good
negotiation skills is key to success.
10- Not qualified
No formal qualification and therefore lacking the appropriate skills and knowledge.
HR Managers, avoid these traits at all cost! Why not consider a formal HR course to gain higher-level
knowledge and skills and get qualified as a certified HR Professional?