HR Suddenly ‘Gets’ The Blogosphere

Workforce magazine’s September issue features an enormous story on HR blogging that feels…like it should have been written in 2005.

Blogging is great! It educates! It breaks news! Oh god, but gossip and scandal and controversy and conflicts of interest—opinions are being passed off as fact and commenters are flinging anonymous accusations and it’s SO HORRIBLE OUT THERE OH GOD.

Come on, guys.

There are quite a few good HR blogs out there. We’ve linked to them, read them, and cited them in the past. But the rest of the industry appears a bit, er, behind.

Relatedly, Steve Boese, guestblogging at Fistful of Talent, writes today on the tech-savvy (or lack of it) of HR students: most think of “technology” as “a problem for IT to fix” not “a tool to use in my job.” (No, blogging is not the be all and end all of technology, but it’s one aspect of such.)

He wrote:

In the emerging social media space, HR leaders and HR Professors who blog, tweet, or otherwise are heavily engaged are seen as (still) almost revolutionary. I recently co-presented on innovation in the classroom to a large faculty group and only two out of about eighty professors in the audience admitted to using Twitter. But still, even being a Twitter person doesn’t make you a ‘tech’ person, although it does at least show an awareness and curiosity of this phenomenon.

If you can handle Twitter and a blog, maybe you’ll try some CSS next. And then maybe you’ll look into making Excel more efficient. And then maybe you can test out that new talent management system.

Tech savvy isn’t just a set of skills, we think—it’s a mindset. And the mindset that treats blogging as a new, exciting, revolutionary scary minefield is the same mindset that isn’t willing to try new things or poke stuff to see if it breaks. Is that what we need?