10 Signs You’ve Outgrown Your HR Person

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I spent Spring Break outside of Austin, Texas. It was chill. Everyone was recovering from SXSW or from the crowd of non-Texans who invaded the city.

Austin is an amazing place and home to everything from 1-2 person start-ups to multinationals. There are also a number of small organizations. These companies started out with fewer than 50 employees–and now are hitting 100-250 employees. They are realizing things aren’t exactly like they used to be when everyone fit in the CEO’s garage.

Growth is an awesome thing, unless your infrastructure and people stuff hasn’t kept up. Here’s when you know you’ve outgrown your “HR” person:

  1. When one of the 2014 HR priorities is adding “no wedges” to the dress code.
  2. When your HR person shows up to the Executive Committee meeting with a Trapper Keeper.
  3. When your talent acquisition strategy consists of fluorescent colored flyers at the local community college.
  4. When asked about employee development the response is: “I picked up library cards for everyone.”
  5. When the culture discussion starts with a question of cheddar or monterey jack cheese for the break room.
  6. When your HR person tells you there’s a problem; and it turns out to be the receptionist has on glitter nail polish.
  7. When your HR person feels compelled to send out “motivational” quotes of the day.
  8. When March Madness is more about getting your HR person on Xanax vs. basketball.
  9. When St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo and Beer Friday turn up on the approved PTO list.
  10. And finally, when you start to hear Miley Cyrus blasting from the HR office.

If you’ve nodded your

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head to at least 3 of these signs, you probably need to beef up on what HR PROS are really doing these days. They are developing/expanding your employment brand; identifying and customizing development of emerging leaders; taking charge of your M&A strategy; presenting to industry groups on your talent retention efforts… they are leading and driving results across your business.

The easy solution is to promote your office manager. The right solution is to upgrade your HR talent.

Now come on–hit me with some other signs. I know you’re dying to put out there in the comments!

Kathy Rapp
Kathy Rapp is the CEO of hrQ where she helps companies find groovy HR Talent for permanent or project roles across the country. Prior to joining hrQ Kathy booked more than 15 years of diverse HR leadership experience working in F500s and start-up organizations. A connoisseur of the intersection between pop culture and business, Kathy believes many talent insights can be gleamed from the succession planning lessons experienced by Van Halen and AC/DC.