I want an HR move to a ‘good’ sectorOn 9 Jul 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article I work in HR in the City and am looking to move into a different industry.In your view, do different sectors have reputations for ‘good’ and ‘bad’ HR,and if so, which is which? Doug Knott, senior consultant, Chiumento This is an interesting question as it raises the issue as to what is ‘good’and ‘bad’ HR. There is no simple answer. Sophisticated leading edge HRpractices may be the right solutions for blue chips multinationals, but are notappropriate for all organisations. Having said that, good people management practices are good for businessgenerally. I do not believe that any sectoral generalisations can be drawn andthere are examples of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ HR in all sectors. Organisations with anexcellent reputation for the quality of their products and services or havesuccessfully undergone major transformations also tend to have a goodreputation for their HR. You may also want to consider a range of other issues when deciding on yournext career move. What are your values, needs, skills and competencies andwhich sectors are most likely to match these? What type of organisationalculture suits your preferred working style? Given your background and incomerequirements, what are the realistic options available to you in the employmentmarket? Jo Redgwell, consultant, Macmillan Davies Hodes I am a little surprised by your question; in my experience HR professionalsat any level or sector strive to provide the most accurate and precise serviceto their clients. There is no such thing as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ HR, but eachindustry does tailor HR to their specific sector needs because they supportdifferent groupings of individuals. You should focus on what environment is going to provide you with the mostjob satisfaction. When you are in an interview, remember it is an opportunity foryou to probe whether you want the job. So ask questions about the company andHR team, think of a situation and ask the interviewer how the company wouldresolve this issue. You will quickly know then if the company holds the samephilosophy as you. Peter Sell, joint managing director, DMS Consultancy As someone working in HR, I am surprised you expect a response to yourquestion that would be based on stereotyping and sweeping generalisations.While you can pick out certain sectors that may be described as ‘good’ or‘bad’, there will inevitably be organisations that are seen to be very goodemployers in the bad sector and bad employers in the good sector. How do you start to define good and bad? For example, the retail sector isknown to have a long hours culture and if you are supporting a 24-hour 7-dayweek operation, then those hours may be unsociable. The public sector has a reputation for lower pay compared with the private,but there are other inherent benefits. This may not have answered yourquestion, but I don’t think it is possible to do so. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.