Human Resource Management Overview
February 16, 2015
Human Resource Management Overview
The Human Resource department is something that all companies have, in some shape or another. Taking care of employees and how they handle all policies, paperwork, and vision for the company is what the people in the Human Resource Department are there to do. What is Human Resource Management and its Primary Function?
Human Resource Management, as defined by DeCenzo and Robbins (2013), is “a subset of the study of management that focuses on how to attract, hire, train, motivate, and maintain employees.” The primary focus of HRM is to recruit new staff, conduct job analysis, training employees, managing the salaries and wages of the employees, as well as vacation and sick days, and the Family and Medical Leave Act or the FMLA, just to name a few. To be able to competently and successfully navigate the HRM department one must have knowledge of the industry they are working in, good leadership and excellent negotiation skills. When hiring a new employee, and HR representative will sit down with that prospect and navigate any dealings with a contract. This includes salaries, time off, bonuses and more. To deal with a broad range of personalities and ensure that all are compensated correctly, have time off that is properly sorted so that not too many people are off at once, and ensure that the company runs smoothly is a lot to handle. Strategic Planning and the HRM Team
Strategic planning is a vital part of building a company. When putting together a human resource team to help build up a company, you must find employees that align themselves with the vision you have for the business. In large part, the people literally make up the most significant part of a company. Finding the right people to be a part of the group, training them to understand and do the jobs best suited for the organization, and ensuring that the employees retain their positions with the business is the large part of the strategic planning process that the HRM team takes up. Personal Experience
My first and only experience with a genuine Human Resource Management team was with the Department of Justice when I worked as a paralegal for the U.S. Attorney's office in El Paso. I was flown from El Paso to San Antonio, Texas to partake in all actions in regards to my new employment; such as setting up my direct deposit for pay, signing up for or declining insurance benefits, learning about the organization and how administrative processes worked and got all of the identification needed for working in a federal building. Once I started working at the El Paso location, I met with the manager of the office and covered all of the HRM items that I needed for the particular location I was at and started to learn how vacation time was calculated, what paperwork was required to be filed for my many OB appointments and how to track time that I needed to take off, especially when I just started the position and was pregnant. The organization did an excellent job of explaining just how to handle all of the administrative things that I needed to understand as well as training me on what aspects of my job would entail. Conclusion
The Human Resource Management side of a company is a difficult side of the business to be on. Not only is one (or the team) in charge of hiring the people who will work within the company and ensure its success, but they must handle all paperwork for them for insurance, pay, any extras such as bonuses, vacation time and sick leave. The paperwork alone is a significant amount, as well as gathering all of the correct information for each piece and knowing exactly where it needs to go and to whom. Hiring the people who will in turn work for the benefit of the company can be a difficult task, as sometimes the vision of a new business hasn't been fully grasped by all parties involved, or maybe it's just one person that has to hire a...
References: DeCenzo, D., & Robbins, S. (2013). Fundamentals of human resource management (11th ed.).
Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
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