Continuing from the worst HR awards of 2006, it’s never to early to start tracking the 2007 nominees. Just a note, it became apparent from some earlier comments that use of the term HR tends to mask the sins of senior management who actually make the decisions. Going forward, HR is interchangeable with human capital management which is everyone’s responsibility.

2007 Nominee #1

Worst HR Information Management

According to, Random House sent the following letter to employees and former employees regarding the loss of personal information.

Dear Random House Employee or former Employee:

I write to inform you about a matter of concern that came to our
attention recently. In 2003, Bertelsmann engaged the services of the
consulting firm Towers Perrin to work on a project on behalf of all
Bertelsmann companies in the United States, including Random House. For
the purposes of this project, Towers Perrin had access to employee
data, including names, Social Security numbers, addresses, dates of
birth and other information related to your employment, but no bank or
credit card information.

Bertelsmann was recently informed by Towers Perrin that computers
which may have contained this data were stolen from their offices on
approximately November 27, 2006. The suspect, an employee of Towers
Perrin, has subsequently been arrested, but the computers themselves
have not yet been retrieved. As an employee of record at Random House
in December 2004, your employee information may have been included in
this data on the stolen computers. Only individuals who may have been
affected by this incident are receiving information regarding the
possible data loss.

This just in! Your credit cards are safe, just your interest rate and credit rating will be affected for the next 7 years. Have a nice day!

Be sure to check back for more 2007 Nominees.