8 Juicy Info HR Knows But Will Not Tell You
Although they are one of those departments everyone loves to hate, extend as much courtesy and understanding to them. I’m talking about the HR department. They have a huge responsibility to the whole organization with often limited resources. Moreover, they hold in their hands information that no normal employee would know. Being privy to such information gives them a lot power that many fail to understand. So before you lash out at someone at the HR department, think twice. They may know something about you. Here are some juicy scoops that the HR knows but will not tell you.
1. Your BFF in the next cubicle will get sacked.
Call it downsizing, streamlining or some other euphemisms but it all boils down to someone getting fired. And the HRD knows who. Although, employees may have this nagging feeling when a career-changing event like this would occur, it’s the HR department who makes it happen.
It’s a juicy information that many maybe itching to tell. Believe me, I’ve been in this position and it pains me not to tell. Yet we keep our mouths shut and go on with our daily business. This becomes even extra difficult if we know the person. Worse, is if we are close to the employee getting axed. It’s a difficult feeling and a heavy burden to carry.
2. The boss wants you fired but we don’t know how
It’s easy to get rid of someone who did a grave offense. However, when it’s just bad blood between the employee and the boss, it becomes a little trickier. Unfortunately this happens. Some bosses can be difficult. But there are those that are downright unreasonable. Yes, those creatures exist in the corporate world. I bet you’ve encountered them. They think they can simply point to a person they dislike and have them terminated. However, there are employee rights getting trampled there. Unfortunately, the HR department needs to make a case against a person. If there are none to begin with, then there’s a better chance to save the neck of the employee. However, if there are offenses worth getting sacked, then be wary. Small things can easily get blown out of proportion.
3. The newly hired employee earns more than you do
So here comes a newbie, perhaps a fresh graduate. Of course, everyone tunes in to this new soul in the office. What many can speculate about is their salary and benefits package. Admit it; there were times when you actually wondered how much the other person is earning. Most companies have a policy on divulging personal information such as this. So, most employees are left to speculate. As much as we should not compare ourselves with others, this one is just so juicy to put aside.
4. Who’s doing what to whom and OMG where
So what’s the latest scoop in the workplace? Of course, this is just hearsay. But thanks to incident reports, employee grievances and similar avenues, the HR department gets reliable and credible information about these matters. From lewd employee behaviors to indecent behavior in the office, the HR department gets to deal with these. Coupled with CCTV video clips, you’ll be surprised as to what the HR personnel can witness.
So always remember that Big Brother is watching. When in doubt, don't do anything that can be traced back to you. That includes photo-copying your behind.
5. How to get cash from lawsuits against the company
Some companies would rather pay up than go to court. The HR department has a record of cases where in the company opted to pay than waste its time in court. If you’re in a bit of financial pickle, knowing this would give you ideas to earn a quick buck. So the next time you need cash, you’d probably wonder what labor issues your company is willing to pay than go to court.
But it would be better to ask for a raise than start a ruckus.
6. Who’s infected with what?
As much as you want to know what your office mate is harboring in him, you can’t force the HR to divulge any medical information about any employee. But they do know who’s contagious and who’s not. Sometimes, they get a glimpse of who’s doing what with whom because of their medical reports. Personnel records are private especially when it comes to their health records. But HR gets to read them and act on it appropriately to keep the rest of the employees safe.
7. How much your boss makes
More than that, the benefits that he/she enjoys are tucked away in some folder or in the HR department’s employee database. We often wonder how he can afford the new luxury car and chances are you just speculate. But there are no speculations when it comes to insider information. But again, you won’t get this info from the HR department.
8. Your boss did what!
The greater the infraction, the juicer it becomes. The 201 file is such a treasure cove of personal information. Unless your superior is really, really, really, really good, then chances are, me may not have a record to taint his credibility. But if he’s human like most of us, chances are he made some slip ups in the past. Here’s the thing, if you’re the boss, you can do things off the books. And these juicy tidbits will not be recorded. But guess what, they can still be remembered by the right people.
The burden that the HR department carries is tremendous. It takes discipline and a good set of work values to keep secrets a secret. Because of this, companies need HR practitioners that they can trust. Moreover, they need a group of individuals that even the employees can trust. They hold in their hands information about the company and the employees that can change lives.
So the next time you see them smile at an employee belittling them, you’d wonder what juicy information they know about the person.
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