The Forbes Human Resources Council offers tips and suggestions on how to dispel common myths. One such myth is that HR is the decision maker. “HR makes recommendations, not decisions,” says Patricia Sharkey, principal at Sharkey HR Advisors. “That line between the recommendation/decision-making is often misunderstood by staff. Obviously, if a company is not profitable, it must downsize or close.”
One popular myth that is sure to cause angst between HR professionals and employees is the notion that the department is out to punish workers. "One myth about HR professionals is that we manage a ‘police state,’ and that we focus in a punitive manner on making sure rule-breaking is corrected,” says James Banares, director of people operations at Valimail. “This myth creates environments where people tend to fear HR. In fact, our focus is really liability mitigation which really has roots in enabling people for success, developing people and creating environments for people to be their best.”
Another persistent myth is that HR always sides with the boss over employees. Angela Nguyen, vice president of HR and talent management at the Ad Exchange Group, says this notion is “not the ground truth.”
“In its highest form, HR endeavors to uphold the values of the company and take compliance, budgetary needs and strategic goals in mind when navigating opposing views and needs,” she says.