Some people may thing SHRM is the Society for Human Resource Management. It is not. It stands for the Stupid, Hardly Relevant Mess.
I’ve thought for a long time that HR in general is a vestigial appendage, to the extent it makes an appendix look useful. Transactional stuff (benefits, relocation) can be outsourced for economies of scale, and transformational stuff (restricting, change management) can’t be done by internal HR people 99% of the time.
Apparently, nor can removal from mailing lists. I’ve left messages for the executive director of SHRM, sent emails, returned their hard copy letters—to no avail. The want me to rejoin since I left them only a decade ago, finding them clueless. But they just keep spending their time and money fruitlessly going through the routine.
Sort of like an internal HR function.
© Alan Weiss 2015