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Management and Organizational Studies
Management and Organizational Studies 1021A/B
Maria Ferraro

Chapter 1 The Challenges of HRMWhat is Human Resources ManagementHuman Resource Management HRM is an integrated set of processes programs and systems in an organization that focuses on the effective deployment and development of its employeesThe word employee is also intended to cover contract workers people from other organizations who are working on a project or any other similar working relationshipThe term human resources implies that people are as important to the success of any business as other resources are such as money materials machinery and informationTypical HR practices within an OrganizationOrganizational work and job design o Determining what tasks need to be done in what order with what skills and how individual tasks fit together in work unitsPlanning o Ensuring that people in the organization are the right people with the right skills at the right time in the right placeRecruitment and Selection o Sourcing attracting and hiring the people with the necessary skills and backgroundTraining and Development o Providing the resources to assist employees in developing the necessary knowledge and skills to do their job today and in the futurePerformance Management o Ensuring that there are appropriate mechanisms in place to provide feedback to employees on a regular basisCompensation Pay and Benefits o Developing and administrating pay and benefits programs that will attract and retain employeesOccupational Health and Safety o Ensuring that the safety and health of employees are maintainedEmployee and Labour Relations o Ensuring that there are positive and constructive relations between the employees and their supervisors or managers andor union representativesWhy Study Human Resources ManagementTo work with people in any organization it is important to understand human behaviour and be knowledgeable about the various systems and practices available to effectively use as well as build a skilled knowledgeable and motivated workforceAt the same time managers must be aware of economic technological social and legal issues that either help or hinder their ability to achieve organizational successThe line manager or supervisor is the key link between the employee and the organizationThe Partnership of Line Managers and HR ProfessionalsRole of the Line ManagerAll line managers are people managers It is through their effective leadership that the talent or intellectual capital of the organization is enhanced
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