Brazenly celebrating the postponement/blocking of the new FLSA rules is exactly why employees don’t feel that HR has their best interests in mind.
Change is hard work. I get it. I’m also going to go out on a limb here and say that there is a lot of nuance involved with this particular change. There is good, there is bad, and a whole lot of in between. Depending on your point of view, you may even have a valid case that this is bad for business and thus, bad for employees in the long run.
But celebrating the fact that this thing got postponed says more about what HR sees as its priorities than anything else.
All that said…
I’m sure you weren’t one of the people living it up on Twitter and Linkedin when word came in that the new rules had been blocked over Thanksgiving. I’m sure you weren’t one of the folks who were clever enough to declare that they were “giving thanks” that it had been delayed just prior to Thanksgiving.
Even if you were, I’m sure none of your employees saw it. Right???
I mean, none of your employees have Twitter or LinkedIn accounts right? Especially those who make less than $47k a year. You know, those who were directly impacted by this change, and the delay in the change?
Just as I’m sure none of those employees were convinced, perhaps by you, to accept that moving from exempt to non-exempt was a GOOD THING because they were NOW eligible for overtime. And just in time for the holidays!
Again, I know its hard work to make policy changes and given your political stripe you may even think it’s a ridiculous change to begin with (that is, until your particular political stripe proposes a similar change).
But if you were one of the HR folks celebrating like you just won the lottery…
Keep in mind that your employees don’t have to work very hard to see where you stand when you post this stuff online. And if you’re openly celebrating this without a thought given to the people whose pocketbook was just impacted, rest assured, they’ll find out.
And given all the challenges HR faces on a regular basis, you’re certainly not doing yourself any favors. That is, of course, only if you just happened to be one of the HR folks celebrating like no one was watching.
But if, and only IF, your people WERE watching. They just got plenty of reason to believe that you don’t have their best interests in mind.
Good luck with that.