I am not talking about abolishing policies to avoid litigation or processes for implementing benefits, pay, and employee downtime. I am calling for the end of HR in the sense that we can no longer view people as company "resources" to be catalogued, attributed a value, and leveraged as replaceable cogs in the company machine.
What if, instead of conversation about Caitlyn Jenner in your company's breakroom, there she sat, drinking her coffee and munching on a bagel? What then? How would your company handle it? Would people praise her bravery, or, at the very least, adopt a live-and-let-live attitude? Would they welcome her, ostracize her or vote with their feet by leaving the company?
When I finished my MA in English in 1982, I was completely unqualified to do anything but teach composition or Intro to Lit as an adjunct instructor at universities. The business world was another country. I had no passport. I didn't know the language. And I was afraid the inhabitants were barbarians.
Hiring and training a new employee is often just as stressful for managers as it is for the new hire. Preparing the necessary paperwork, outlining job responsibilities, and making sure the employee knows the ins and outs of your company are all important aspects that can quickly become overwhelming.