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Taylor puts HR in public eye


March 29, 2019
By William Ehart

There’s no “Law & Order” for HR.

In fact, there are no TV shows at all. HR professionals don’t chase down bad guys, put out fires or rescue hostages. Well, not literally.

“If there’s a reference on TV to HR, on ‘Will & Grace’ or something, it’s typically not favorable,” says Johnny Taylor, CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management.

SHRM may not be able to get its profession on the small screen, but Taylor has been able to generate good ink with a weekly newspaper column he has written for USA Today for the past year. The column appears Tuesdays in the Money section.

It’s a “Dear Abby” for workers and jobseekers, giving them a chance to ask questions anonymously and get “unbiased, unvarnished” answers, Taylor said.

There is a seasonal pattern: Cupid conjures questions about dating coworkers in February. In summer, thoughts turn to vacation time. Near year-end, workers worry about the company holiday party. (“Should I drink? Do I have to go?”)