Dinesh Divekar
Business Mentor, Consultant And Trainer
Hr Professional

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Dear seniors, I am presently working in Small Software Company. I have 6 years of experience in HR.

I have joined that company in February 2014. Prior to that for 1 year I was not working full time because of my health issues. Although during that 1 year I have handled few freelancing assignments. Now in present company where I am working is very small company. But problem is here I am mostly handling admin work and no HR strategic part is there.

Infact I had been told once by my boss that as HR you are just implementer so you donít have to think. And after that sentence I felt that they need someone with no mind who can just implement ideas and policies made by management.

In earlier assignments I have handled strategic part of HR. I was part of every decision made regarding policy and here I am just informed that what need to be implemented. I have talked to my boss several times but there is no result. I am thinking to search a new job now. So will it be right decision for my career?



Dear Trusha,

What is happening in your case is role conflict. Yours and your employer's perceptions of the job differ significantly, hence this heartburn.

You could have been little careful while taking this assignment. If you had handled 'strategic HR" in your earlier job then why did you accept HR role in "very small company"? Did you clarify about your future role?

The present company offered you the job because you did not have job and they perceived you as "needy" candidate. Generally needy persons have little choice.

In your post, you have written that "here I am just informed that what need to be implemented". In that case, what is the quality of implementation? Do you do your best? Is your work flawless? If yes, then show patience for some time and gain the trust of the management. Over a period of time, propose the change. Study the operations and find out what kind of revenue leakage is happening, where it is happening and how it is happening. Proposing methods to control the operational expenditure is sure way to gain visibility and trust too.

In smaller companies, HR is nothing but a glorified clerk. Pardon me if my comment sound mordacious. But then that is the truth. As of now accept it as your fait accompli. Your employers could be too busy in their affairs to bother about your job-satisfaction.

In case if you quit the job, you may be little more cautious while selecting future jobs. But then it could be quite difficult to get a job that fits exactly to your requirements.

All the best!

Dinesh V Divekar

Dear Sir,
I do understand what you are saying. i agree i had very little choice for job when i was looking for after 1 year break. Although i had discussion about my future role in present company.
Presently I am ready to wait till i get opportunity as per my requirement. this time i will not take any decision in hurry.
For implementation part i am delivering what has been told to me with quality and within given time frame.
Another problem here is there is no appreciation from my boss. i have completed many tasks which were pending since long but i didn't received any appreciation for it. But it happens in many places. So not complaining about it.
And i completely agree with your words that in small company HR is either glorified clerk although it sounds bad :(. For them HR is person who educated & English speaking office boy.
Really appreciate your reply.

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