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To think that this is the best ever sign that the HR department has lost its way!

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OnlyTheDepthVaries Sat 16-Apr-16 10:07:44

DH works for a large company. Last week he had to email his HR department asking them to change some personal information. He received this as the automatic response:
"Thank you for contacting People Services. A Support Advisor will reach out to you shortly."

Reach out?? Reach out?? Are they completely mad?? What is wrong with "contact you "?
Should I expect The Four Tops to arrive singing on my doorstep?
Surely this is utter drivel at its best.
Incidentally, this was 4 days ago - they have yet to reach out to him. Good thing it wasn't that important

MidnightVelvetthe5th Sat 16-Apr-16 10:08:58

I have a vision of an arm coming through his PC screen smile

TendonQueen Sat 16-Apr-16 10:09:51


MuttonCadet Sat 16-Apr-16 10:10:58


Do they also have those incredibly naff "motivational" posters?

ImperialBlether Sat 16-Apr-16 10:18:29

And "People Services" isn't any better!

squicketysquack Sat 16-Apr-16 10:21:03

He should send them this

AnchorDownDeepBreath Sat 16-Apr-16 10:25:52

I really, really hate the term "reach out"...

But I was directed to a big study recently that found people respond better to "reach out" rather than "contact you" or the alternatives, so it looks like it's here to stay. I read it open-mouthed. I'd link but free access is through works' portal so I can't.

We're all doomed to reach out

PiperChapstick Sat 16-Apr-16 10:27:03

Should I expect The Four Tops to arrive singing on my doorstep?


I think 'People Services' is equally as bad!

Flumplet Sat 16-Apr-16 10:30:22

Even the term 'human resources' irks me to be honest.

Nairsmellsbad Sat 16-Apr-16 10:30:26

Awful transatlantic drivel

CraftyPenguin Sat 16-Apr-16 10:33:20

Admiral call their HR department "People Services" too. It's just weird!

ShebaShimmyShake Sat 16-Apr-16 10:38:00

People Services doesn't sound any dafter than Human Resources to me. Great email though.

AnthonyPandy Sat 16-Apr-16 10:41:15

People Services is not as bad as Haitch Arr.

Giggorata Sat 16-Apr-16 10:43:32

Totally agree & I have sent that fab diagram out to some colleagues who have used it.... I think they are now mortally offended, but still..

And our HR dept is now calling itself "the HR people"
(aghast emoticon, but don't know how to do it)

dodobookends Sat 16-Apr-16 10:46:36

All HR departments lost their way when they started calling themselves 'Human Resources' instead of 'Personnel' or 'Payroll'.

'People Services'... ugh. Whatever next?

'Internal Stakeholder Care and Support Team'? grin

Homemadeapplepie Sat 16-Apr-16 10:55:41

squicketysquack you beat me to it with that diagram! "Reach out" is now common parlance at my work too, some of us are still fighting it though. Although HR are still called HR (although individually they have some fancy job titles) I'm sure it's only a matter of time before they rebrand

PovertyPain Sat 16-Apr-16 10:56:03

grin They sound like the fellas that described themselves as 'vision technicians', on TV the other day. They were window cleaners.

My DH used to be a warehouse operative. I was so disappointed to find out he wasn't a spy in a warehouse, but stacked shelves. sad grin

EmpressofBlandings Sat 16-Apr-16 10:56:31

Ours, I kid you not, is "Human Capital". Which is almost as though they tried to think of the most dehumanising thing they could call it.

vienna1981 Sat 16-Apr-16 11:03:13

It's yet another example of the corporate jargon bullshit that we humble employees are forced to tolerate. Goodness knows where it came from. I've seen the transition from Staff to Personnel to Human Resources. Laughable nonsense. At my company the HR Department is as useless as it is misnamed. And their staff are called 'Business Partners', whatever that means. I despair.

ChameleonCircuit Sat 16-Apr-16 11:06:26

'Tis just a short hop from "People Services" to "Soylent Green", y'know. confused

PiperChapstick Sat 16-Apr-16 11:07:39

YY our senior management are called business partners, despite the fact that it's a tax-payer funded organisation

QueenArseClangers Sat 16-Apr-16 11:10:56

Ours, I kid you not, is "Human Capital". Which is almost as though they tried to think of the most dehumanising thing they could call it.

I misread that as "Human Catapilar", like the Human Centipede but with a happier ending confused

PiperChapstick Sat 16-Apr-16 11:11:38

Human Capital reminds me of the hunger games

HackerFucker22 Sat 16-Apr-16 11:16:02

It's not a HR term it's an Americanism. I work for UK subsidiary of a a US company and this term is used daily. Makes me want to poke my eyes out!!

LassWiTheDelicateAir Sat 16-Apr-16 11:18:13

Reach out is awful.

I hate "stake holders" as well.

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