Before I moved to industry, I never realized that Human Resources does more things than giving you your paycheck and make you fill out a billion forms. Now, in the company that I work in, HR does a whole lot more. Not only do they do those personality tests that Chall just wrote a post about today, they also make help all the managers manage people and they try to make sure everybody has the job that they can perform best in. Because like our HR manager said yesterday:"There is nothing more fulfilling work-wise than to do the job that makes you bike* to work faster and with a smile on your face each day". In order to make sure everybody has that job, there are individual development plans and training to make sure you can be in the job that you want to be in.
I never realized HR did all these things and I wonder if academia wouldn't benefit from more of this? Or does that already exist and I just never knew it did? I know that in my previous university there were trainings but only for people with tenure - which seems a little late if you want to discover exactly what that job is that makes you bike to work faster. Or is this just too expensive for most universities..?
*Cause as you know everybody bikes here, even if it rains every single day these days.