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‘I often see and hear
information in larger
NOT TOWING THAT FINE LINE BET WEEN
EMPLOYEE ADVOCATE AND REPRESENTING
The ongoing sexual harassment scandals
involving celebrities and politicians highlight the tightrope
HR must walk between advocating for employees while also
representing the company. When HR leaders get this balance
right, everyone wins.
However, fnding the proper equilibrium between serving
management and workers takes confdence, diplomacy and
expert communication skills, which can take years of practice—and years of getting it wrong—to cultivate.
Indeed, many people agreed with Jason Hudson, SHRM-
SCP, an associate with Edwards Ragan in Kingsport, Tenn.,
who characterized HR’s biggest rookie mistake as “being too
eager to please management.” A similarly popular opinion:
Lora Hassani, SHRM-SCP, an HR consultant in Redlands,
Calif., and president of the Inland Empire SHRM Chapter,
described the worst blunder as “giving in to management
pressure when you know they’re in the wrong.”
Many of you noted that it’s also not uncommon for neo-
phytes to err on the side of advocating for employees and