Human Resource Management Overview
Instructor: C. Guerreiro
October 1, 2012
An organization thrives because of the capabilities and performance of its people. “The only vital value an enterprise has is the experience, skills, innovativeness, and insights of its people” (Edvisson, 2002). Whether an organization recognizes it by a formal name or not, human resource management is the administrative discipline of hiring and developing employees so that they become more valuable to the organization (Business Dictionary, n.d.). In this paper, I will discuss the primary function and the role of human resource management in an organization’s strategic plan.
As soon as an employee enters an organization, everything from signing a contract, paying wages, and providing training should be facilitated by human resource functions (Page, 2012). Ensuring a safe work environment is also an important function of human resources. A safe environment boosts employee morale, which, in turn, increases productivity, efficiency, and profit margins. When people feel like they have a safe work environment, there are fewer absences, less staff turnover, and an improved quality of work (Safety Management Group, 2012).
* What is the role of human resource management in an organization’s strategic plan?
The role of human resource management in strategic planning has often been debated, mostly because it is viewed differently by professionals. Some senior managers view human resource management solely as a compliance function. Others view it as leadership development, performance management, and employee engagement. Although human resource management is often called on to help implement a strategy after a decision has been made, it should actually have a reserved seat in the strategic planning process. (Frelix Group, 2008). Concurrently, human resource professionals are looking to be more of the strategic planning process instead of the after effects. According to the Frelix Group (2008), no strategic plan is successful without the recruitment, deployment, development and management of human capital. Strategy is rarely developed without the before mentioned considerations. In order for human resource management professionals to participate in strategic planning, they must first have a clear understanding of the process.
Strategic planning is the process of evaluating an organization’s operating environment, customers, competition, as well as its capabilities and competencies to define a strategy and then to make decisions on the allocation of resources (including its capital and people) to pursue the strategy (David, 2005). In order for human resource management professionals to be an integral part of...