HR Business Partner – the modern court jester in companies?
This is a contribution by our guest author Christoph Henties. Christoph already published the three-part “Organisations Learn Jazz” in June this year. We are very happy to have him back this week.
Recently, in a conversation with an experienced, committed HR manager, she quoted one of her superiors: “Our job in HR is solely to implement the board’s decisions and measures.” I visibly felt the restrictive effect of this statement of loyalty to the hierarchy on my interviewee. The disappointment at neglecting one’s own ideas for constructively shaping creative personnel work for employees and the organization was all too noticeable.
of the court jester came to my mind: a figure who could tell the authorities
unpleasant truths without fearing the consequences. This figure could mention
the unspeakable. It had the task of telling the ruler the truth, had the
freedom of fools.
falling leaves, persistent rain and colder nights dread falls upon us… When I
went to my car yesterday in a good mood, it was already there! She was waiting
for me, unmissable, right in the middle of the door to the underground car
park! That’s my door, it wanted to tell me. I would have liked to have agreed
with it and run back up the stairs immediately. My breathing became shallow and
my body began to make movements the mind considers nonsense, but my mind had absented
itself anyway. You guessed it. On the door sat a cobweb spider, aka a house
spider, altogether about 6 cms across.
Why am I
telling you about my fears?
think it’s time to make fear socially acceptable. Fear is a deeply human
emotion that unfortunately sometimes makes us do things that don’t make sense.
I often experience this in companies. But first things first.
The trainer has organized a transfer exercise in the seminar so that the participating manager can translate what he or she has heard and said to his or her working environment. Unfortunately, this transfer does not always work to everyone’s satisfaction. The manager takes it upon himself to change special points in his own behaviour, to organise himself more efficiently or to introduce new methods. But this often does not work as ideally conceived in the seminar. Then the environment was often “to blame”, which hindered the application of new approaches. But that is only half the story.