“HR is not your friend”
How many times have you heard that comment? I probably couldn’t even count how many times I’ve heard that statement in the last year alone as I see dozens of colleagues and friends navigate complicated and emotional workplace issues without anyone to turn to for advice or support. For women, the problems only seem to compound with even less resolve.
Even as workplaces seem to be making a concrete effort to diversify their workforce or shift their office culture to be more mindful of things like mental health, racism and sexism, the disparity between the worker and the human resource representatives that are there to maintain workplace balance seem to only divide further. Human Resource representatives are seldom there to represent the employees’ best interest, and rarely will an issue encourage companies to work in favor of the employee.
Enter Kith Republic, a Black-women owned tech startup that wanted to create a safe and secure environment for people—particularly women—to turn to if they experience a workplace conflict and need advice. “After years of being in personal conflict representing the big players, it was important for me to build a platform that finally looks after the little gals,” said Whitney Herrington, founder and CEO of Kith Republic in a statement.
Herrington has over ten years of experience working in HR, and wanted to create a resource for people to anonymously discuss and consult with representatives that could then offer advice in return. She felt that, although human resource workers often have a good heart, they’re unable to advocate for the employees. Kith Republic aims to change that, and offers a mobile app that allows professional women to connect with human resource experts anonymously for just $9 a session.
The app is live now, and you can download it and get a session with an employee advocate in seconds, with just the swipe of a finger. Topics that you can discuss with an advocate range from basic career advice on growth to workplace harassment. ““As a professional woman, having someone in your corner with your best interest at heart can make all of the difference,” says Whitney Herrington. “But having a human resource professional on your team can change your life and entire career trajectory,” Herrington says.