An HR department is a necessary component of any organization that has many employees. The process of vetting new employees, smoothing out interpersonal conflicts, and balancing the relationship between the management and the workforce is crucial. However, some people believe that traditional HR is problematic and that the future of HR needs to be different.
Enter Rebecca Weaver, an HR professional who wants to change the way the whole industry works. Rebecca has decades of experience working with some of the most successful companies in the world. And she’s just where she needs to be to use it.
Let’s talk about this .MEr who wants to make corporate culture more pleasant, and fair for the employees.
About Rebecca – An HR Disruptor
You wouldn’t think that making workplaces less toxic, safer, and more equitable is disruptive. Yet that’s the world we’re living in. Rebecca Weaver realized that fact with the rising number of public allegations of workplace harassment. It was a wake-up call. She recognized what kind of culture she had experienced and participated in. This held her back professionally and even made her miserable in the field she loved.
Rebecca spent 20 years working at the higher levels of HR leadership in the most successful companies in the world. She saw first-hand just how problematic even the “best” workplaces can be. There was a need for a drastic change. As someone with experience and contacts in the HR industry, Rebecca felt she could make that change.
So she created her own company, HRuprise. Its mission is to shed light on all the ways that traditional HR is a part of the problem.
Most HR teams and professionals work to insulate management from responsibility. However, Rebecca wants to empower employees with HR that works for them, not their bosses. She uses her experience, expertise, and inside perspective to solve employee workplace challenges and to level the playing field.
To quote her directly: “If we can’t create safe spaces for our employees, we don’t have the right to talk about anything else.”
HRuprise: Creating A Better Future Of HR
HRuprise is more of a community than a company. It’s made up of a group of idealistic HR professionals on a mission to “flip HR on its head.” Its purpose is to provide honest, unbiased HR coaching directly to employees.
As HR professionals, HRuprise coaches discovered that their job was often at odds with employee satisfaction and wellbeing. They were often prohibited from sharing information that would help employees because that would present a liability to the company.
HRuprise Coaches are both willing and able to share their full insight on the most pressing employee concerns. These concerns include workplace harassment, job security, inclusivity, and handling the management. HRuprise helps their clients by giving them firsthand insight into the nuances of how companies handle employee concerns.
Their blog is chock-full of useful information about workplace culture and news about the company. What’s more, it also includes coach spotlights. This allows prospective clients to get to know them as people and decide if HRuprise is the right fit for them.
Rebecca’s Digital Presence
Having worked for Fortune 50 companies, Rebecca knows a thing or two about branding and presentation. In addition to her company’s website, she also maintains a personal website as a part of her own brand. The website itself is clean, easy to navigate, and puts Rebecca’s values front and center.
The first thing you learn about her is that she’s an HR disruptor. And then you learn what exactly drove her to become one. While the website contains her professional background, speaking engagements, and a link to her LinkedIn profile, it’s still very personal.
The blog speaks about her personal journey, life, and interests… and she even details her struggle with cancer. Her willingness to be that vulnerable “in public” really says something about her strength of character. Not everyone can expose themselves in that way.
But Rebecca is willing to talk about her struggle and, possibly, help someone else in the same situation. Is it any wonder she picked a .ME domain to show her most personal and vulnerable side?
Rebecca’s Twitter and Instagram profiles speak more about her character. She’s not afraid to stand by her convictions and share her values and opinions publicly.
Rebecca Weaver is another member of the .ME family with cause. Her clarity of purpose is inspiring, and her courage marks her as a truly exceptional person.
Despite having secure work in the Fortune 50 HR departments, she decided to blaze her own trail. That means that she had to face the job insecurity many entrepreneurs and employees do. Changing the future of HR and disrupting the industry does take courage.
Of course, the point of HRuprise was never job security or even profit; it was creating tangible change in the HR industry, the corporate world, and society as a whole.
We salute her conviction and wish her all the best.