The Definition Of Human Resource Management

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The definition of human resource management is the management of human skills and talents to make sure they are effectively used and in alignment with an organization’s goals (Youssef, 2012). Prior to taking this class, my thoughts of HR was “the department that does the hiring and handles complaints”. In this course, I was able to not only learn the true functions of human resource management, but recognize how to apply it to my current profession and organization, as well as my factors that can be applied to my family as well.
The primary function of human resource management is to increase the effectiveness and contribution of employees in the attainment of organizational goals and objectives. The following areas of HRM were been
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• Employee and labor relations – abiding by labor laws and working with employers and/or labor unions to ensure employees are properly compensated for the jobs they do.
All of these areas are very important areas in human resource management as they all play a part in the success of both the organization and the employee, professionally and personally. Throughout the history of the United States, many minority groups, such as blacks and women, received discrimination in both education and the job field. The EEO and affirmative action regulations were put in place to protect against these discriminations to promote diversity in the workplace. It is very important that human resources abide by these laws during the recruiting and selection process. Also to keep in mind during this time, is the planning that human resources do for the organization. HR planning is defined by the book as “the process of managing an organization’s most valuable asset – its people – so that there are no shortages or surpluses of employees in the organization” (Youssef, 2012). It is imperative that HR make sure that the organization’s needs and goals are being met without paying too many people to do a specific function or not having enough people in place to carry out functions effectively. As the company evolves, the employees must evolve with it. It is up
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