Nobody gets a job through HR. The purpose of HR is to protect their parent organization against lawsuits for running afoul of the government's diversity extortion bureaus. HR kills companies by blanketing industry with onerous gender and race labor compliance rules and forcing companies to hire useless HR staff to process the associated paperwork... a tour de force... carefully explains to CEOs how HR poisons their companies and what steps they may take to marginalize this threat... It is time to turn the tide against this madness and Death by HR is an important research tool... All CEOs should read this book. If you are a mere worker drone but care about your company, you should forward an anonymous copy to him. -- Elmer T. Jones, author of The Employment Game.
Skillfully written and meticulously edited..., this politically incorrect study does a great job using facts and figures to reinforce the author's thesis... a well-researched, thought-provoking, articulately expressed book sure to inspire controversy and evoke strong emotions in readers. ~IndieReader
Excellent and gives good advice. -- Dr. Helen Smith, author of Men on Strike
From the Author
In Silicon Valley, I mostly managed money for wealthy technologists. No longer in engineering myself, I got a closer look at the VC and management community. HR was always considered a necessary evil, ideally put off as long as possible. Usually the first HR manager hired was a smart, no-nonsense woman whose husband worked elsewhere in tech, and she would single-handedly manage personnel with the help of contract payroll services and benefits managers. But at some point in the growth phase, the hiring of more HR employees would begin--and they weren't as accomplished, or as motivated to make the enterprise grow smoothly. It was just a job for them.
Researching this book, I was astounded at how many examples there are of absent, incompetent, or even criminal employees of large government bureaucracies like the VA and EPA who keep their jobs, paychecks, and pensions after years of malfeasance. In the private sector, HR is under pressure by unions, the Dept. Of Labor, or the EEOC to apply civil service-style standards to all employees, especially those of protected classes. As this dysfunction creeps into private business, the hard-working and competent lose heart and commitment. The entire economy slows and the US becomes less growth-oriented and more status quo-preserving. It's not surprising that US family incomes stopped growing significantly two decades ago.
A corrupted system built on staggering piles of debt and regulations from Washington, with asset values artificially propped up by central banks holding interest rates near zero, is going to fail--and probably soon. It may be too late to stop the decline--but keep your friends and family safe, and keep your skills sharp. A crash, if it comes, will provide an opportunity to rebuild the right way, with more freedom and less regulation.