It's been my experience that human resource professionals fall into one of two camps – whether we're talking about the executives in the home office or the managers working with employees day-to-day in the cubicle trenches.

On the one side you have those working for the company, whose agenda is based on following the rules, protecting the company and, above all else, holding down costs.

On the other hand, you have those whose loyalty tilts toward the employees, working more as an advocate rather than an enforcer. These HR types tend to speak to employees more in terms of their rights rather than focusing where those rights end.

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