Has anyone ever had enough of HR and just wanted to do something else? I got sick of the hypocrisy between what HQ publicly says and what they actually do. I switched to consulting, I really miss helping people find and grow in great jobs but I was done being the scapegoat for people not getting their promotions or increments or internal movements.

How do you guys, especially the senior ones, handle this?

(This isn't about my current employer, who has proved to be quite ethical actually)

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I recently changed roles too
Although still technically in HR it’s a night and day difference between dealing with issues and promoting our initiatives through social media. Able to help by working with partnerships and creating new job opportunities instead of resolving grievances.

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I left for a business operations role and I’m a million times happier

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I'm thinking of transitioning towards something like this...HR is burning me out tbh

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I felt that way in my old job, but my newer position doesn't feel the same way. I think so much of HR depends on the company culture, so I always tell people to try a new company before calling it quits on the profession entirely.

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I completely agree with this. The culture and senior leadership style has a lot of impact.

To the author I also feel your pain points. Currently we are dusting of an “HR” team that was in place for 20 years that operated more like personnel and now are in the midst of a searching for a new CEO.

I also think the past few years have been very draining on employees, leaders, and companies so with our roles we feel that strain.

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Yeah, I’m drained of HR but going the consulting route feels just as stressful with significantly less wlb. . . 🥹

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Yes this is exactly my situation and I’m going to the consulting route.

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Isn't it interesting that we are supposedly the ones who should be taking care of people and yet here we are clearly having issues that we can't/could not get help for? It's definitely a reflection on the company as another poster had written, but then who do you go to when things are nasty? Weed and alcohol don't count of course.

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At smaller companies, the challenge is there’s no HR for HR. If you’re in a department that’s running well and had no issues then it’s fine, but if there are issues you’re uniquely without support. At larger companies there may be HR for HR, but I don’t have much faith in it - not because I don’t think they care or wouldn’t try, but because I know how little I’ve been able to do in my own role and I see no reason it would be different for them.

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I so feel this post. I am 49 years old and I've had enough of being HR. I am back in school doing an online Masters in Counselling Psychology. I'd like to set up my own private practice. Bye Bye HR.

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Fantastic!!!

For me it was all about finding the right fit. I've had similar experiences over the years and I just hit the point where I refused to continue tolerating any behavior that I felt was unethical. That led me to move to several different companies until I finally felt I was where I belonged. Unfortunately, it's not easy to have strong morals in business these days, but by being unwilling to compromise, I know I can sleep well at night. If you miss HR, then go back - just be deliberate about where you end up. Good luck!

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I think you have to pick your battles really, we take the blame for all the issues managers are afraid to address themselves and we usually are not trusted beside for a select few we are able to really assist and help. Go home on those tough days grab a bottle of wine or bucket of beer. This profession is not easy we deal with people (autonomous robots) they are unpredictable and common sense and reason long ago withered away.

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Yup totally understand HR are great career coaches something to consider☺️

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HR work can definitely wear on you! People are complicated. There have been times where I don't agree with what leadership wants me to do and I've pushed back with how I would prefer to handle situations. I'm the only HR person at my company so I've had to remind them that they hired me into this role and they need to trust that I'm making decisions that are best for the business without putting us at risk. Sometimes when it comes to communicating HR related info we can only be so transparent. For example, we recently went through a RIF and had to be very strategic when communicating to the broader organization how we chose who stayed and who we let go. I personally don't feel the need to always justify or explain why we make certain choices to our employees.

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I literally feel this way almost every day. I have been feeling this way for awhile though. Not really sure what else I would do because I have been doing HR for nearly ten years now. It kind of feels like its too late to start over you know.

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Feeling the same. Considering a career in tech, such as cybersecurity, myself. It’s a daunting proposition with current stability, family impacts with schooling, etc., and the earning potential is lower at first. I’m just sick of some aspects of HR work.

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Absolutely feel the same way

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I’m feeling that way right now and debating my next move. I agree with HRM1 that a lot of it has to do with company culture.

In my previous company (300-500 EEs, startup feel) I felt a lot better about what we were doing and how decisions were made; I also felt like I had more influence, and ability to make improvements and give feedback that made it to leadership.

I’m at a much larger (fortune 500) company now, and I feel like a punching bag. I don’t agree with a lot of decisions being made, I don’t feel like any feedback I share actually goes anywhere, and there’s nothing I can do to change or improve anything. I’ve basically become the messenger and a wall between the decision-makers and employees who just keeps the backlash away from the people actually responsible.

I know not all smaller companies have good cultures, but I’m not sure whether all large companies are similar to the one I’m at now

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I told my husband that if I don’t get a job soon I’m going to list him on only fans. He has a cute booty 🤣 A healthy elderly women would appreciate him.

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🤣🤣🤣whatever it takes to pay the bills 😀

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That’s how HR feels these days😪 I left a toxic environment in July and still trying to recover + job searching and try not to stress even more 😅

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I’d say to determine which part of HR brings you the most joy and jump in.

Regarding the “hypocrisy”, it is the same in most places. I’d tell you to get buy in from leadership and then slowly, very slowly, get them on your side and they will be more likely to reduce the frequency of the hypocritical moments.

This has worked for me my entire career (20+ years).

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I’m a dept of 1 for 226 ees and woefully underpaid. I just got contacted by a recruiter with a job with 125k base, 10% bonus , 6% match and 75% employer paid medical .

We don’t offer a match at the moment which would be nice

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Jump ship

Is PwC your current employer?

Yes but I'm a subject matter expert so I'm not an FTE but my projects pipeline has been full with them for quite sometime

Typical HR environment. If it's mentally and emotionally taxing, maybe you should consider switching. Good luck! :)

We hired 76 people this year, and 50 resigned.

I felt this.. I work in a community college, and on top of the usual (retirements), we are getting killed by private sector.. we cannot hang with $.. We are digging into how to create a better culture to hopefully keep some of our tenured staff and faculty, but that doesn’t happen overnight

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