BUS 303: Human Resources Management
Professor Barbara Davis
May 23, 2011
Proper management of human resources is vital to being a successful business. Human resources are one of the critical departments within any organization. The purpose of this essay is to emphasize the basic principles of Human Resources Management. EEO and Affirmative Action, Human Resources Planning, Recruitment, and Selection, HRD, Compensation and Benefits, Safety and Health, and Employee and Labor Relations are the six areas of Human Resources Management that will be the focus. All of these Human Resources Management areas should be working together and should correspond with the overall business strategy.
According to our text, “Human Resource Management is specifically charged with programs concerned with people - the employees” (Ivancevich, 2007). It was observed by Edward L. Gubman, in the Journal of Business Strategy, that “the basic mission of human resources will always be to acquire, develop, and retain talent; align the workforce with the business; and be an excellent contributor to the business. Those three challenges will never change” (Gubman, 2006). In today’s world the terms human resource management and human resources is called personnel management or a personnel manager. “In simple words HRM means employing people, developing their capacities, utilizing, maintaining and compensating their services in tune with the job and organizational requirement” (Storey, 2007).
The recognition of the importance of Human Resource Management extends to small businesses also. There for some time they did not generally have the same volume of human resources requirements as the larger organizations, but they too face personnel management issues that can have a decisive impact on the business’ health. In The Small Business Handbook Irving Burstiner stated “hiring the right...