3 HR Dirty Little Secrets Employees Must Know

January 15, 20202:30 pm2932 views
3 HR Dirty Little Secrets Employees Must Know
3 HR Dirty Little Secrets Employees Must Know

As a regular employee who doesn’t have much knowledge about HR tasks and responsibilities, you might think that the department exists only to bring in new hires, manage payroll, and take care of other employee-related matters. Little did you know, HR department anywhere in the world does keep some little secrets that they will not tell you. These secrets are either kept to help the company thrive or to help retain employees. What are those secrets? HR in Asia will reveal it for you. Here they are:


When you’re applying for a job to a company, submitting a resume is mandatory. However, despite all the efforts and hours put in to create the best and appealing resume, there’s a great chance that the hiring manager will not read them. 

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According to Dr John Sullivan, this secret is especially true for 100 Fortune companies like Microsoft, Intel, and Hewlett-Packard. Giant tech companies can have more than 50,000 resumes sent to their platforms each month. Such a big number makes manual resume sorting a dreadful, if not impossible, task for hiring managers. Therefore, Dr Sullivan cited that some corporations do not read or even review resumes from candidates. Instead, these piles of job applications are scanned into or entered directly into a candidate database by the ATS.  

Salary negotiation 

After years of devoting yourself to the company, you think that getting a pay  raise is something you deserve. Thus, you go to the HR manager office, knock on the door, and deliver your intention.  The HR manager said that he will consider you for promotion and pay raise. While you are waiting, you might want to know what your HR manager think about it. The truth is, said HR professional at a midsize firm in North California, many employees think that they are wonderful and deserve a higher salary. In the HR department, however, they know a lot more than you do and the truth is that a lot of employees are not very good at their jobs and definitely not as good as what they think they are. 

This secret might hurt a bit but it is true. If you want to succeed in your salary raise negotiation, however, you need to know when the right time to ask for a raise is. According to Cristian Rennella, there are many circumstances in a company that, regardless of your work performance, will determine if they will give you a raise or not. One circumstance is that when your company has a decrease in sales in the last three months by a new competition that is operating at low prices to enter the market. 

Regardless of your position, the higher position is the right one in HR’s eyes 

So you make a report to HR department, saying that the boss violates the company’s rule. But why do they put you the blame on you instead? Well, this case is barely new. You should keep in mind that HR is anything but your advocate, said Trishna Sharma. Albeit this rule might not apply for every HR, many human resource officers would defend their employers instead of employees. 

That being said, when you know too much about your organisation that might lead you to “rabbit hole”, you have two choices: first is to stay quiet, and second is to tell your real advocate to help you get out of the situation. However, if you cannot take the “truth” and you have no faith in winning the case, seeking new employment is advisable. 

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