The Asshole Test of Human Resources Products

I hate binary classifications as much as the next person, but here's one I thought about this morning while talking with a local human resources startup about how HR products should be built today:

Are you empowering the assholes in an organization, or are you empowering the workers in an organization?

What amazes me is how many startups in the HR space sell into the "asshole market" (usually under the guise of "performance management").

We have all heard about and seen awful management. These are the managers that have no trust in their direct reports, need everything verified, and change goal posts whenever events change. They are, in short, just crummy people to work with. Employees often respond to this environment by becoming political --

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