Human resources acronyms in alphabet soup

Dear HR Pro,

The second Julia’s boss summoned her to his office, she knew something big was about to happen. But she had no idea what kind of chaos she was about to inherit.

“Carl just resigned,” he announced gravely. “There’s no one else in the company with the time or the skills to take on his HR tasks. We’re going to need you to step into the role.”

Julia was confused. She’d been with the company for almost 10 years now, but always in administrative roles. She knew nothing about human resources. She wasn’t even completely sure what Carl’s job had been. Counseling employees? Handing out reprimands? Hiring and firing people?

“Of course, your new tasks will come with a pay increase,” Julia’s boss continued. “And we’ll make sure Carl gets you up to speed on everything you need to know. But you’re going to have to do a lot of studying up on your own.”

There was no way Julia could turn down this opportunity. She was eager to advance her career, and of course the money would be nice. Now that she was curious about what being an HR manager meant, she had to find out.

“I’ll do it,” Julia announced happily.

Two weeks later, she regretted ever opening her mouth.

HR: The ABCs

As soon as Carl had left the office for the last time, Julia was on her own … and miserable.

Carl’s guidance on HR topics wasn’t nearly enough to help her understand exactly what the job entailed. It felt like he’d thrown a handful of letters at her and expected her to know what they meant.


Julia wanted to call in sick … for the rest of her life.

When Claudia asked for time off to take care of her mother after surgery, Julia didn’t know what to tell her. When David asked to be allowed to telecommute on days his multiple sclerosis flared up, Julia wasn’t sure she could say yes. And when Bridget filed a complaint alleging her supervisor had sexually harassed her, Julia understood exactly why Carl had left this job.

Finally, after days of struggling just to interpret all the acronyms Carl had tossed at her, Julia called her best friend, trying not to cry. “I can’t do this,” she whimpered.

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Pat DiDomenico, Editorial Director

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