HR is NOT Your Friend

High Performance Nursing

HR is NOT Your Friend

March 4, 2024

HR is NOT Your Friend

Navigating challenging situations in the workplace can be incredibly stressful, especially when it involves HR. These situations often require an understanding of company policy and interpersonal dynamics, which can add an additional layer of difficulty.

In this episode, we’ll talk about HR and why it is not always a nurse’s friend. Drawing from my experience as a nurse unit manager, I’ll share some insights and advice for nurses navigating difficult situations within their careers. I will go through the importance of finding support, both personally and professionally, and give you important points in documenting and following the necessary processes.

Key takeaways:

00:00:23 Importance of finding support outside of HR

00:01:32 Consideration of seeking legal advice or union support

00:02:06 Importance of documenting every step in the process

00:03:24 HR may not act in your best interest

00:06:00 How important it is to document incidents and reflections for personal records

00:10:15 Meet requirements and give HR what they need

00:11:08 Ask if a meeting is formal and document everything

00:13:08 Keep your eyes and ears open for any red flags

00:18:20 Support new grads and be aware of their learning curve

00:21:18 HR is not always on your side, seek additional support

00:21:40 These experiences do not define your worth or future

00:22:37 Emphasizing the potential for growth and resilience after adversity

00:23:13 Importance of learning to work through discomfort and challenges.

00:23:51 Disadvantages of befriending HR

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