Paultheparaglider wrote:I realise it is bucking the trend here, but I worked for many years as an expatriate for a company where the human resources team were first rate. Hard working, professional, and extremely well organised.
And, most importantly as it hasn't had a mention yet, my salary always arrived in my bank account on time.
Fair point and I must admit that 20 years ago when I too was an expat both the UK and host country HR were very supportive and having such good support meant that I could get with working knowing that my wife and children had the support of a network of people who really did care.
Wind the clock forward a few years and when I returned to the UK support from HR was OK'ish. But as the years have ticked by HR became less and less supportive of individuals and more concerned with protecting the company.
In more recent years as a member of the management team I found myself caught up in various disciplinary matters where I found the position and attitude of HR quite distasteful. Trying to deal with a real "bad 'un" in the workforce and they put on the kid gloves. Put someone in front of them who had clearly made a one off (out of character) mistake and they took them to the cleaners. Talk about going for the low hanging fruit, it was dreadful.
Then when the time came for my redundancy HR contrived with senior management to make a case that really wasn't there. But once the decision had been made (and they saw that I accepted it - I saw it as a blessing in disguise) they couldn't have been more helpful.