When you work for a large company, Human Resources can be your best friend in certain situations and your worst nightmare in others. If you have an egotistical manager who’s making everyone under them hate their job, you can’t really do anything other than go above them in the organization, which usually starts with HR. In other situations, HR can be forced to work against an employee in order to avoid losses for the company. Though HR might exist to help deal with employee grievances, their ultimate purpose is to make sure that those grievances don’t end up costing an arm and a leg for the bosses. While you shouldn’t hesitate to bring your workplace concerns to HR, there are certain things that you should never, ever reveal to a HR representative.
When an employee becomes a potential liability to their employer, HR is forced to try and insulate the company from what they see as an imminent loss. Though the name “Human Resources” might make you think that the department is a great resource for expressing your human concerns, you’re probably better off sharing with your friends or local bartender. For some specific examples of the topics that make HR see an employee as a liability, here’s “10 Things You Should Never Tell HR.” One of the best examples that I saw of something that you should never tell HR is that you’re moonlighting at another job. Now whether you need the extra money or your second job falls into an area that you’re very passionate about doesn’t matter. The point of fact is that this information can be interpreted in two ways: you’re ambitious enough to work full time and still have something on the side or you’re unhappy with your current job and will leave if presented with an opportunity to do so. While you might very well fall into that first category, there is a good chance that HR won’t see things this way. To borrow from the article:
“The HR team with whom you should never share anything will hold it against you and you will lose access to opportunity in your current workplace. Plus, they will blame any failings you exhibit such as missing work, arriving late, being unavailable for a meeting, and so forth, on your second job. Unreasonable? Perhaps. But, it happens.”
If you plan on having a good working relationship with your employer, the last thing that you should tell them is that you’ve got something on the side. There’s a good chance that it can make advancing in your primary employer’s organization a whole lot harder. If you already have two jobs, the last thing you need is an HR inquisition taking up more of your valuable time. To find out some of the other things that you should never tell HR, check out the article.