Highlights from the World HR Congress

‘Because so many organisations will be competing for the same resources, the (HR) profession will have to manage a marketplace which has changed from one where employers choose to one where potential employees choose.’

Florent Franceur – WFPMA President

I know it is not much of a highlight – but at least it has the virtue of being true.  If you want to recruit and retina good people you had better have  compelling offer – and you had better help them to achieve in their own terms – or they will go elsewhere. Only the whelmers will remain!

We are a reservoir of literally human resources, but we don’t always dig deep enough because it’s inconvenient. Sometimes tidiness and efficiency get in the way of creativity’

Charles Handy

2 Responses

  1. Sue,
    I disagree with you that ‘labels are profoundly alienating’. They can be powerful and they can be used for good or evil. The issue is what we use the label for. They can lead to alienation, but they can also lead to recognition and inclusion.

    I help managers to recognise ‘whelmers’ and then ask ‘What is my responsibility for the fact that this person only brings a part of their potential to work? What do I/we need to be like in order for them to bring more of themselves to the workplace? Not only in the name of profit or productivity (although these things DO matter) but because their ability to contribute effectively and creatively will define their own self image. and the culture of the organisation.
    I also disagree that managers (label) invariably seek to subordinate our creativity to the ends of production for profit’. Some managers may do that either consciously or unconsciously. Some managers try to absolutely release/stimulate creativity to the ends of production. Sometimes for profit sometimes not.
    Managers are people to!

  2. Only the whelmers…
    Labels are profoundly alienating.
    Why don’t HR (and other) managers “realise the potential”of their human resources”? We are not resources, we are human.
    And when they seek to maximise our resource potential they invaribly seek to subordinate our creativity to the ends of production for profit. How about that.

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