I work in a tech company that used to be a startup a handful of years ago and thus lives in between the typical corporate live and the startup craziness. The culture is what you'd expect from this combination: average age of employees under 30 years, kind of an open-plan office instead of cubicles, very inclusive company for minorities, freedom to dress as you like, to do flexible hours and etcetera.
I actually really love working here and I've found, more often than not, that many friends are jealous, be it because of the environment, the compensation, or the combination of everything.
People are very comfortable in organizing a lot of on-site events. They have ranged from ones with technical purposes, like teaching other people about new things or tool, through social-oriented ones, such as fundraisers, to fun events, like happy hours or outings. This all happens organically, with someone willing or feeling the urge to do it and the office folks seem to enjoy all of it.
The company grew fast, but the HR didn't, it is still a single person to accompany/advise more than 100 people. Also, events organized or promoted by the HR happen rarely to never.
I've been having a increasing feeling that the HR representative fails in recognizing the efforts of these people, who donate part of their work time to organize things that benefit the whole office. They do it because they want and not requiring recognition, but I'm growing specially concerned with the fact that as the office gets larger, it gets increasingly more difficult to organize these and as it yields nothing other than the self fulfilling feeling, people might stop wanting to do it.
Things to consider
- People don't feel comfortable to talk to the HR, as it usually denies before hearing.
- I have a very good relationship with the HR, as we became friends outside office (probably not a good idea, in hindsight)
- I'm one of the few people that organize many events
- The company has a program to recognize employees not through direct compensation, but as credits on a website where you can redeem vouches.
I want HR to reflect that it's doing a bad job at promoting events itself and if it fails to recognize/aid/endorse the organic events being held, people will be left with nothing and the culture will die little by little. Should I tell HR this?
I've talked to other people and they feel like it's an HR flaw, but I sense that none of them are willing to take this subject to its consideration. I also am concerned that it might be interpreted as just myself begging for high appraisal.
Bonus question: Should I tell the HR person that I think they're doing a bad job at recognizing these organic efforts? Or is this just a petty request?