I’m easily disappointed. One of the inescapable side effects of believing the best in people is the certain fact that a good proportion of the time you will be let down. These days I even have a disappointed face…..I can share it with you at some point if you’d like.
Five years ago, when I started messing around with Twitter and Facebook from a professional point of view, I hadn’t even heard of the term “Social HR”. In many ways, I wish it had stayed that way.
Because “Social HR” is akin to the drunken moment when you lose bodily control, an initial feeling of warmth and comfort only to be followed by the unnerving understanding that you have thoroughly debased yourself.
Social HR should be:
Social HR has become:
So, well done us.
The thing is, that the whole concept has been bastardised by the well meaning, but intellectually stunted.
Yes we understand that “lists” aren’t perfect, yes we get the “generation Y” issues, yes we understand that business needs to be more “social”, yes we already talked about the need for less processes. But really. Is that all you’ve got? Is that everything?
The certainty gained from unthinking consensus is the cloak that camouflages lazy ignorance.
If you want to be edgy, then accept you’ll annoy people, you’ll upset people, you’ll be on your own and lonely. Accept, YOU CANNOT BE PART OF THE GANG.
I wanted to write all of this for a while, I’d been mulling this over, when a good friend of mine Heather Bussing sent me this poem in relation to a different context. I think it says everything and more.
The Real Work – Wendell Berry
It may be that when we no longer know what to do
we have come to our real work,
and that when we no longer know which way to go
we have come to our real journey.
The mind that is not baffled is not employed.
The impeded stream is the one that sings.
Kind of sums it all up. Thanks Heather.