HR Friday Finds: Netflix's Guide to Culture, Roseanne's Tweets, & More...


HR Friday Finds is a weekly rundown of HR-related news, from the eyes of an HR newbie. Do you have wisdom to share? Leave a comment below!


Happy Friday! And holy moly, it's June. 

How did this even happen?!

Alrighty, I know you're itching to get out from behind that desk and into the sunshine of late spring, so here's what I've been intrigued by in the HR world this week:

  1. Learning from Netflix: How to Build a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility - Knowledge @ Wharton
    interview with former chief talent officer at Netflix, Patty McCord.
    • On values vs. behaviors
      “...Values are aspirational. Behaviors are what you actually do. So if we value honesty, and you keep secrets, then something in the system should either punish that behavior or help reward the behavior of teaching you how to say something honestly." 
    • On managing change
      “I told a group of startup CEOs that the biggest smoke to notice in your company, or the biggest potential for fire, is nostalgia – wanting it to be the way it used to be, wanting the culture to stay the same, wanting to keep it the way it was. You have to assume there’s going to be growth and change.”
    • On the factors that will help employees be productive
      “When you’re clear about what needs to get done, you’re clear about who you serve by doing it. And you’re clear about when it needs to get done.”
  2. HR lessons from Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet and ABC’s immediate cancellation of her show - Eric B. Meyer
    • Key takeaways: A holistic harassment prevention program starts at the top. Also, what managers do on their own time doesn't make them immune to consequences from the organization they work for
  3. Why the Best Hire Might Not Have the Best Resume - TED Talk by Regina Hartley
    • Loved this line: "Who you gonna bet on? Silver spoon or scrapper? I say: Choose the underestimated contender, whose secrets weapons are passion and purpose. Hire the scrapper."
  4. Why Michael Scott From 'The Office' Is Such A Beloved TV Character - Bustle
    • But who didn't love him? The mournful, glum HR guy -- Toby Flenderson
  5. Diversity at work: the business case for an inclusive culture - HRzone
    • Exclusion hurts - physically: "When we're excluded from a meeting, when we don't get invited to key meetings, when our ideas are ignored, the pain we feel is experienced in the same areas of the brain as physical pain."
    • Hmmm: Focusing on difference is a mistake. "Research by Valarie Purdie-Vaughns found that focusing on difference makes minorities uncomfortable, increasing feelings of exclusion rather than decreasing them...this may be one of the reasons we are seeing little progress on inclusion surveys and targets.

What do you think? It's been a wild week in the world and so many of the events we've seen tie to HR in one way or another. I'd love to hear your thoughts, concerns, or questions - what's one WOW article you read this week?