Human Resources Management Overview

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Human Resource Management Overview
HRM 300/Fundamentals of Human Resource Management
February 11, 2013

Human Resource Management Overview This paper will provide an overview of what human resource management is. It will also illustrate the primary function of human resource management as well as the role of human resource management in an organization’s strategic plan. This paper will further incorporate relevant and personal experiences that address each topic. Human Resource Management (HRM) is “understanding the implications of globalization, technology changes, workforce diversity, labor shortages, changing skill requirements, continuous improvement initiatives, the contingent
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39). Through the adjustment period, the focus of HRM is on training the new employee in the procedures and expectations of the organization so that in as little time as possible the new employee will become productive. Once the training and development function is completed, HRM’s next goal is to ensure they now have proficient, employees who possess the necessary skills and knowledge required to perform their job successfully.
The Motivation Function
The motivation function is considered to be one of HRM’s most complex aspects because it directly related to human behavior. “Human behavior is complex and trying to figure out what motivates various employees” (DeCenzo, et al., 2007, p. 40) requires research. The first step in the motivation function is to ensure the job is well designed, properly laid out, and the latest tools and technology are available to perform the job duties. Another step in motivating employees is developing a mutual respect between employees and management. When management actively listens to employees’ concerns, issues, and suggestions and genuinely cares for their team mates, it creates a comradery. Another important step to the motivation function is establishing performance standards for each employee. “The performance evaluation system is designed to provide feedback to employees regarding their past performance,
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