This episode is also available as a blog post: https://hrsushibar.wordpress.com/2021/04/15/hr-you-should-be-more-than-just-a-fire-extinguisher/
A fire extinguisher is an active fire protection device used to extinguish or control small fires, often in emergency situations. [Source: Wikipedia]
OK, so where am I going with this? Well, we should all be familiar with the purpose and importance of having a functioning fire extinguisher in our homes and in our workplaces. What we know about them include:
- We usually know where they are if we need them.
- They are available if needed for an emergency.
- While we all need to have them in the vicinity, most hope to never use them.
Sound familiar? Unfortunately, in some organizations Human Resources (HR), either by their own choice or developed over time as part of the workplace landscape, is treated like or operates like a fire extinguisher…just hanging around and accessed only if needed in an emergency. HR…it doesn’t have to and shouldn’t be this way!