Why I Hate HR

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 6:50:00 AM Categories: Leadership
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“Human Resources” is a term that on some level I hate!  I hate it because of the fact that many leaders treat their “Human Resources” more like resources and less like humans.  The difference between a good leader and a bad leader is how “Human Resources” are treated.  The same can be said of good and bad organizations.

Are all “Human Resources” equal?  Not really.  Some are more talented than others.  Some are more effective than others.  Some are more likable than others.  What they all have in common, however, is that they are all HUMAN.  Leaders do well to remember that the people they lead are people, not tools.  They are humans, not resources.

When we treat people like resources, people become expendable.  When people believe they are expendable they will perform to the lowest standards.  They will happily leave their jobs or volunteer positions in search of other opportunities.

At the end of the day, remember Jesus didn’t die for policy manuals and procedures.  He died for human beings.  God loves humans…all of us.

So ask yourself, “Do the people I lead really feel like they matter to me?”  If the answer is “no”, “maybe” or “unsure” then you’ve got a Human Resource problem.  Start treating the people you lead like humans and they’ll become your greatest resource!

Alan Danielson is the Senior Pastor of New Life Bible Church in Norman, Oklahoma. Previously he served as Central Team Leader for LifeGroups at LifeChurch.tv in Edmond, OK, where he led over a thousand small groups on LifeChurch’s thirteen campuses in six different states. He then founded 3Threat.net to help leaders master three essential leadership skills: vision-casting, creating strategy and fostering relationships. Alan is a popular conference speaker and consults regularly with ministries and leaders on topics relating to small groups and leadership. Learn more from Alan at 3Threat.net