The human resources office at work walks a fine line between advocating for employees and protecting the interests of the organization.
Workplace consultant Brandon Smith says HR’s priorities are clear, however.
“Company’s interests No. 1 – that’s what they’re paid to do – and employees’ interests No. 2,” said Smith, who is also a professor teaching about workplace culture and communication at Emory University and Georgia State University. “They’re good people in HR, but that’s really their motives.
Now, to be clear, Smith said there are times when it makes sense to get help from people in human resources: