Running head: Ethical Issues in HRM Strategy
HRM 530: Assignment #1
Dr. Obi Iwuanyanwu
July 15, 2012
When hired as a newly HRM (Human Resource Management) consultant, you must first understand your role before you can began assisting with any issues or other areas of overlap. The primary role of a HRM consultant “is to assist the client to identify needs, develop an action plan and facilitate change to enhance the success of your organization. Our management, human resource, and training services are designed to improve productivity, efficiency, communication and employee morale” (Welcome to HR Consultants, Inc., ...view middle of the document...
This is why it is important the when consultants take on new clients in competing industries that they are careful not to share any knowledge or information that may be considered proprietary. Sharing or any attempt to divulge such information between companies is considered to be unethical.
To protect themselves against information sharing, most companies have employees sign a non-disclosure agreement. “Companies often require that their employees sign non-competition and proprietary information agreements that restrict what information employees can disclose during their employment with that company or use once they have left the company” (Proprietary Information & Competitive Intelligence). It is important that if you sign of these as a HRM consultant, that you not violate this agreement when accepting a new position elsewhere.
Again, to efficiently and effectively customize HRM strategies to business strategy, consultants much understand the meaning of strategy and human resource strategy. Strategy is, “coordinated choice and actions that provide direction for people and organization” and HR strategy is, “strategy that focuses on different ways of managing employees of an organization” (Stewart & Brown, 2012, p. 40). To be effective in his/her position as a consultant these to strategies must be in alignment and work cohesively together. HRM consultants can do this in three ways: 1) Gather information about their client, 2) Analyze that information and make...