Fast Company has a very cute article, “Brutally honest versions of your job titles.” I smiled through “Brand Ambassador = Professional Conference Attendee,” and “Social Media Strategist = Person with the Twitter password.” I suppose that since I do not work in one of those professions, I could chuckle a bit, understanding the subtle poke at their work.
Then I came to “HR Director = Gossip Coordinator/Instigator.” Aw no – that’s hitting below the belt. That is the antithesis of everything that anyone in Human Resources hopes to be. Our world revolves around confidentiality, and here is a popular business magazine calling us gossips and instigators. There are a lot of “names” I can rationalize because I know we sometimes fall into the trap – Party planner, Evil HR lady, and “oh oh, here comes HR – someone’s gonna be fired.” But not “gossip.” (more…)