Administration Head
Sr. Manager Hr/admin
Legal Analyst, Hrm
Hussain Zulfikar
Hris Implementation, Payroll, Recruitment,
Executive- Corporate Hr & Admin
Hr Manager
Working As Executive-human Resource
+7 Others

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Hello ,
I am working as Manager-HR in a small size organisation. Any decision taken by boss , i use to represent in front of all the employees. Whose Result employees think i am a Management sycophant . I very Feel bad for this thing. I am very straight forward to Boss and Employees as well. What should i do in this situation. How can i make them confident that i am also a salaried employee like them. who think for them first.
So many times i argue with my boss also, just because of same reason, who is also very kind hearted thinks for all.
Please help me in this sitaution.
Is this with all the HR Working in small size company or only the case with me.

see Pooja this is the story with most of the HR heads and teams in small size companies, This happens usually because the head(CEO/COO/MD) too faces challenges to run the show on day-in day-out basis. In such companies if the chief operating officer is not the owner then it becomes more challenging for him and difficult for employees as the policies too keeps on changing on weekly basis, The scenario becomes pathetic when the owner's wife is in the management team leading the structural and financial policies. Here sometimes CEO also faces such challenges he cant share down the line and nor at public portals. But it can be an actual learning sometimes in real HR sense rather then sitting as an white elephant in some big company's overcrowded regional/corporate HR Team.
Hi Pooja
Unfortunately this is usually the scenario or challenge HRs face in any organization, there are few posts which has discussed this issues from different view points and situation, refer to them.
one such nice discussion is "Does HR need to be disliked by the employees ?" you can find out in the site.
There is always a way out.
Best Wishes

Pooja, u have to tell employees that i am also one salaried person of this company like u. as i am superior to u, then i also have superior, final decision is not in my hand, i am just intermidiary between you and decision making authority, eventhough i always try my best for the benifit of both.
u will get very good support if your policy of talking with workers is ''TOTALY TRANSFERABLE''.
Because in present scenario, workers know very well abt the management and decision making authority eventhough u tell to them or not.
this is the ultimate solution to your situation.

Dear Pooja. Even I am also in the same position. Its quite common in most of the smaller level organisations. But we have no other option except to wait for the right opportunity.
Dear Pooja,
I have been facing the same situation like you and I am handling in the same manner as Hussain and Hardik have said. You are a mediator between Employer and Employee so you are bound to get suggestions, complaints from both side. Also, in a small company rules change weekly, monthly or quarterly. It's up to us how to manage the situation at times

Guys , m also one of the victim hr facing same situation.See you have to act diplomatically and focus on win-win situation. But i tell you these kind of situation will help you to grow to become perfect the HR but you need to have patience for the same.So chilll:)
Hey Pooja, yaar after going thru this, was thinking about me..lolzzz bcz the same was here in the past..

Well wanna tell you that it is not bad to be straight forward with peoples but need to make a stability or sense of balance between your Boss and other employees.

I can understand what you are going thru while you are not doing anything wrong and just doing your job and obeying your Boss’s order and there is nothing wrong in that but others are not taking it in right sense and thinks that you are Management Sycophant...

You need to talk to them or can start this with your closed one or any friend. As much as you will spend your time and will give them a chance to understand yourselves, situation gonna be change…

See there are numbers of thing we dont need to care about while communicating with our other colleagues, but there certain things we always need to keep in our mind if we are playing this roll, between Boss and Others that we are just a medium of our Boss to communicate with them i.e. Secretarial roll, Assistant, and we are just doing our work and have to make a balance and let the other know that we are like other but just obeying his orders…

Sometime we find it very difficult to tackle, but with making a friendly or sociable system with others can make us feel good and help us to get the solution of these don’t be reserved and spent time with them being a friend.

Hi Pooja,
Dont worry. Give it time. Give colleagues time and they will know who you really are. These things are quite common and after some time when you reflect back you will also consider it similarly. Just do your work. Gossip is also a result of jealousy.

Dear Pooja,

First of all, being a manager, you are not expected to do just a postman's job between your boss and your employees.

For your boss, you are a manager and he would like to manage the affairs well by implementing his policies. On the other hand, for your employees, you are a leader and they won't like you to merely act as a dancing doll for your boss. So, you have two roles to play at the same time. So, you have to apply your mind also in different situations. As a manager you are to manage the affairs of the organization well and as a leader you have to lead your team well in harmony with the organization's policies and senior's directions.

If your boss says something to implement, you first have to weigh pros & cons of the same in your own mind, then prepare the environments to search the minds of your employees, without disclosing the direction of your boss, as if you want to know their opinion how to enhance their productivity if some change is introduced (keeping in line with the spirit of your boss' message). Discuss the pros & cons of the needed change with the employees & get their views, and you will see 50% battle is over. Develop your strategy to avoid the remaining resistance. Start trial through the employees who have readily accepted your proposal. Over time, the rest would also start doing as per the proposed change.

That way, neither you would have to go to your boss again with the employees reaction, nor your employees would feel any grievance against you. They would rather feel honoured when you discuss any new plan with them.

However, if some expected negative impact comes to light during your discussions with your employees, must bring that to the notice of your boss to rethink about his instructions on that aspect and seek moderations on that issue.

PS Dhingra
Chief Executive Officer
Dhingra Group of Management & Vigilance Consultants
New Delhi

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