HRO Today April 2018 - 5

CEO's Letter
HR Winners and Losers in the News
This year, we've had a plethora of public stories that have involved HR-related topics. HR has a hard enough job dealing with everyday
stuff like, umm, I don't know hiring and retaining employees, making sure everyone is paid correctly, and managing a culture of respect
and diversity. But add in these fl ashpoint issues and they precipitate crises. I've seen a few examples of HR winners and losers in the news
lately, and many of them involve getting rid of problem employees. It reminds me how one of my fi rst mentors told me: " hire slowly and
fi re quickly if a problem arises. " I think that is by and large true. I know I am likely going to irritate both the right and the left below, but
I'm here for HR, not political parties.
Winner: El Rancho Unifi ed School District
A teacher named Greg Salcido went on an expletive-fi lled rant about the U.S. military, referring to them as feckless, untalented, and
" dumbsh#ts. " He was terminated on March 21st. This became a somewhat right and left issue, but in truth, it was not. This was about
respecting others in the workplace. Salcido's outburst was triggered by a young man wearing a United States Marine Corps sweatshirt.
The student was the son of a U.S. Marine. Targeting people in a hurtful way should never be tolerated.
Loser: The White House
Rob Porter allegedly beat his wife and a former girlfriend. Technically, unless it's in your employee handbook, HR may not be able to
terminate someone for off-site behavior. Most companies should have in their handbook that conviction of any violent crime is grounds
for termination. In this case, he was terminated for failing to pass background clearance. While I am not interested in the politics,
they lose because of the awful way it was handled, including the communication between the FBI and White House staff about the
allegations. This is serious stuff and should not be handled haphazardly.
Winner: Broward County Sheriff's Department
It actually sickens me to call the Sheriff's department a winner because they did everything wrong before the rampage that killed 17
students. I am also not sure that the security staff was properly trained or screened, either. If the Sheriff's department had taken action
one of the 39 times they interacted with the troubled young man who committed this heinous act, perhaps it could have been averted.
So why do I think they deserve any credit? They promptly fi red the school resource offi cer Scot Peterson, who hid in bushes outside the
school. I understand that someone may freeze in fear when faced with an active shooter, but unfortunately, that is not the job this guy
signed up for. He should have been promptly fi red.
Losers: The HR leaders of Miramax, Weinstein Company, Fox News, NBC, et al
Sweeping problems under the carpet is not the job of HR; managing a culture of respect is. If HR was a reality show, this group would be
on the cast of HR: The Biggest Losers. Hard to fathom how any of this could have happened, but it is clear it was systemic and culturally
acceptable to harass female employees. And, even worse, the fact that public outrage not internal outrage fueled change, makes HR and
the executive management of all of these companies complicit.
Winner: Society
Public outrage has wrought change. The time for the #MeToo movement was long overdue in the media and entertainment industries
as well as others. I worry far less about the potential treatment of my 27-year-old daughter and my two-year-old granddaughter in the
workplace. (My granddaughter is the most beautiful two-year-old-ever-so I have reason to be alarmed.)
This is a small sample of the HR stories in the national headlines. These HR issues have weighed on me all year long as one bad headline
after another has arisen. We can take solace in a few of the outcomes, but it HR's noble mission in partnership with executive leadership
to protect the civility, fairness, safety, and respectfulness of the modern workplace. The headlines in the paragraphs above can be
controversial, but my last sentence should never be seen as anything other than true.
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Elliot H. Clark, CEO
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