‘Human Resource Management Is Critical to the Effective Management of Organisations’

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‘Human Resource Management is critical to the effective management of organisations’

Human resources are without a doubt the most important asset of any organisation and a resource which needs to be managed, but as Mullins (p.749) states, it is important to remember that unlike physical resources, people are not owned by the organisation. Human resource management is known to be one of the key management areas and is an essential part of every organisation. Certo defines management as the process of reaching organisational goals by working with and through people and other organisational resources. Human resource management is usually defined in broad but very common terms. A definition by Fisher et al. states ‘Human resource management
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It includes short term planning, clarifying objectives of jobs and also monitoring operations and performance.
2. People related activities: These are the management efforts aimed at managing people in organisations. Such activities include providing support and encouragement to others, providing recognition for achievements and contributions, developing skill and confidence of organisation members, consulting when making decisions and empowering others to solve problems.
3. Change related activities: These are the management efforts aimed at modifying organisational components. It includes activities such as monitoring organisation’s external environment, proposing new strategies and vision, encouraging innovative thinking and taking risks to promote needed change.
Out of these functions and activities, it the people related activities and tasks which are the most important. As Mullins (p.749) says people are individuals who bring their own opinions, outlook and attitudes towards an organisation and the system of management applied in the organisation and the duties and the responsibilities and the conditions in which they have to work under. Whatever the nature of the organisation, a manager achieves results through the performance of these human resources and therefore it is extremely important to be able to identify the needs and wants of staff and the nature of their grievances is a positive
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