Employment Relations And Human Resource Management

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CENTRAL QUEENSLAND UNIVERSITY AUSTRALIA

HRMT20027 – EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS
ESSAY
LECTURER: Dr. ADRIANA KOULOURIS
DEEPIKA KASTHURI RANGANATHAN
S0266201

Discuss the following statement: The term ‘employment relations’ is more useful than ‘industrial relations’, ‘human resource management’ and ‘employee relations’ in assisting us to better understand the behaviour of individuals and groups of employees in workplaces.

Employment relations (ER) is the legal link between employers and employees which includes formal and informal rules that manage the employment relationship and encompasses social processes (reciprocal rights and obligations) that create and enforce these rules (Kramar, 2011). It is mainly concerned with the behaviour and interaction of employees in the workplace and exists when a person performs work or offers his services under certain conditions in return for remuneration (Organisation, 2011). While Industrial relations (IR) covers all the particulars of working conditions, pay and aspects of the job itself within the employment relationship between an employer and an employee (Sappey, et al., 2009), Human Resource Management (HRM) corresponds to the management, hiring, organisational development, employee motivation, administration and training for the people who work in the organisation (Heathfield, 2015). Employee relations is more concerned with preventing and solving problems which come up out of or affect work situations i.e. its purpose is to
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