HR and dirty words

Sometimes, HR, you piss me off. And I include L&D/recruitment/etc in that mix.

This week, Neil Morrison, Doug Shaw and Phil Willcox have all written about words or things they hear which grate on them. They’re not alone, many others feel similarly about buzzwords and mot du jour type affairs.

Engagement, disruption, innovation, consultants, are all words of choice that various people are moaning about and wanting to stab themselves in eyes with blunt instruments over.

It’s like there needs to be a competition for who can articulate their annoyance with buzzwords the best.

Other people write about generation y, talent management, social learning, 70:20:10, and whatever else hits their screens that irks them.

Hell even I do it. NLP homeopathic scientologists of this world beware!

Of course, we’re all wrong in doing that. And we’re all right. We’re wrong because we all know that at some point those buzzwords will need to be a genuine talking point. Someone with smart brains will come along and explain why those things need to be part of the mix. If they’re not part of the mix now, fine. At some point they will, and we’ll have to get on that wagon.

We’re all right because that’s the beauty of a free mind and being able to express yourself. Annoyance and frustration articulated well force the advocates to have robust and solid arguments. That’s never easy and it means people with smart brains are really made to work for their opinion.


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Sukh Pabial

I'm an occupational psychologist by profession and am passionate about all things learning and development, creating holistic learning solutions and using positive psychology in the workforce.

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