HR – An Anti-Pattern for Managers
When the Netflix Culture deck hit the web some long time period ago it generated some good conversation. Although I never wrote anything about it at the time, other than posting the link, I found the deck most interesting for the conversations it generated:
- “Hire, Reward, and Tolerate Only Fully Formed Adults” – a great comment from HBR.
- “During 30 years in business I’ve never seen an HR initiative that improved morale”
- “We had no vesting period—the options could be cashed in immediately”
- Some great call-outs here and here.
- “Outstanding” employees only. Netflix doesn’t accept anyone who does an “adequate” job (Hastings says those hires often lead to “generous severance packages”).
- “Freedom and responsibility” vs command-and-control: Employees get to make decisions; managers just give them the right context to do so.
- No “brilliant jerks.” It doesn’t matter how good you are at the job. If you’re a jerk, you won’t stick around Netflix for long.
Which leads me to the following thought:
Are HR departments an anti-pattern for managers actually being managers.