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HRM CA | 23 Jul 2014, 10:25 AM Agree 0
As HR professionals, we have to have difficult conversations from time to time – particularly with employees. HRM looks at how to handle the toughest topics.
  • Janine | 23 Jul 2014, 11:48 AM Agree 0
    I'm not sure why HR is having the conversations noted in the article (except for perhaps the termination conversation in the case of large scale terminations). The persons supervisor/manager should be having the conversation with the employee with HR providing guidance and support. It's not HR's job to coach or discipline employees, that's what bosses get paid for. HR gets paid to make sure that they do it appropriately, within the bounds of the law and policy and to document.
  • Cathy | 23 Jul 2014, 12:04 PM Agree 0
    HR professionals are trained and prepared for the above conversations, however, it's the very personal ones, that are the most awkward. How about having to tell an employee "you smell." Or " your dress is not up to standards."
  • Joan | 23 Jul 2014, 01:28 PM Agree 0
    Agee with Janine, Supervisors/managers should have most of these conversation and HR should may be support /train them but not take it out of their hands. It seems that HR also does not want to grow up and deal strategically with issues. it really depends on the strength of the HR manager to get out of this cycle. So just HR experience is not enough and business experience is needed too!
  • Sue | 23 Jul 2014, 03:22 PM Agree 0
    ‘It looks like you are really upset’ would be interpreted by many as a very condescending statement. Most people hate the 'it looks like you' statements.
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