PERSONAL LEARNING PAPER
FUNDAMENTALS OF HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
Having internship experience with Schlumberger, which is notorious for high attrition rates and low employee morale, this course was a revelation to me. With every concept, my experience came back to me and helped me understand what I couldn’t grasp back then.
As a placement coordinator, I had come across the recruitment domain of HR activities.
However, this course showed me that there is much more to it than meets the eye. It was enlightening to see the challenges being faced by HR currently viz. globalization, technology, and costs. I had always been under the impression that HR is a soft field and does not have much impact on the organization’s performance. The course not only refuted that myth, but it also showed how the significant impact on the organizational performance can be measured and the transformational role of HR. The criticality of line managers in the performance of HR function was also new to me.
Class surveys revealed how the HR is currently perceived, what they presently do and how their role is expected to evolve over time. It was interesting to compare the general Indian trends with the class trends. Dave Ulrich’s competency models showed what skills I must imbibe to become a successful HR professional. It was also seen how the roles of HR varies across geographies.
In the survey I conducted as a part of the group project, it seemed as if the organization was stuck to an Administrative Expert HR role. This seemed to be a trend plaguing the Indian corporate world, where HR usually does not have a seat on the executive board.
This course has armed me with a basic overview of HRM. I realize that I do not have a deep knowledge of all the subject matters but this course has enabled me to see the bigger picture.