HR Roles and Responsibilities
Over the years the role of human resource professionals has changed dramatically. Human resource departments handle more than just paperwork. They also play an important role in strategic decisions and are responsible for keeping the organization informed and updated on new laws and hiring procedures. “Human resource management is the policies, practices, and systems that influence employees’ behavior, attitudes, and performance” (Noe, Hollenbeck, Gerhart & Wright, 2007, p. 2). There are many factors which have converted human resources into a critical component of all successful businesses. The following describes the changing role of human resources management in response to trends in globalization, technology, diversity, e-business, and ethics. Globalization
Human resource management is an essential component in every business especially those that are greatly affected by globalization. For example, many businesses have to interact with other businesses in countries that operate on a different time zone. Therefore, typical work schedules are affected. Globalization has also increased the need for employees who are bilingual and are culturally aware. “Training topics should include cultural differences and perceptions, sexual practices, sexual harassment, hygiene, and clothing norms” (Kosch, 2007, p. 3). Human resource management can help organizations determine the success of off shoring and also prepare employees for international expansion. Technology
Without a doubt the constant changes in technology ease business capabilities and international communication. Technology provides human resource managers with various software programs and applications that enable them to keep critical employee information organized without the use of paperwork and heavy files. The Internet has become an important tool in human resource management...