I’ve heard the phrase Human Resources a lot lately and I have to say it sticks in my throat.
Because it embodies the attitudes of corporations and all that is wrong with the system in the first place.
To see the human as a resource, is too see us as something to be owned, mined, optimized, used, and given mans behavior – exhausted.
If we are to change our approaches we must change our language as all words have associations. I recall a discussion with @axelletess and @maryannarogers, where after looking in depth at the problems of work they concluded they must change our associations with work and the word itself.
So I don’t go to work, I go to play. Likewise “Human Resources” must die.
So what goes in place of Human Resources, what do we replace this function with? What fills this absent space?
The enabler: A person that allows me to pursue my passions, to grow, to learn and to live. Someone who allows me to maintain my energy for a project, and to remove the obstacles in life and work that could reduce my momentum.
I’d like to extend the question to HR people. How would you feel about the above position? How do you feel about your job at the moment?
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