2.3 SEB323 Managing People #3 3 Aug-09

2.3 SEB323 Managing People #3 3 Aug-09 - 1 Todays lecture...

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Today’s lecture focuses on human resource management for organisations. Since all organisations use human resources then all organisations need to manage their human resources. 2
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We employ people in an organisation to be a productive resource. To help the organisation strive to achieve its goals and objectives. Our focus therefore should be on seeking to make our employees as productive as possible. That does not mean we should focus on the costs of our employees - unfortunately many managers make that simple mistake. 3
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HRM has a very broad and at times blurry scope. If it involves people then it is likely it is relevant to human resource management. 4
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Prior to the 1970’s, many organisations tended to have a primary focus on the costs related to employees and the management of HR issues often was handled by a Personnel Department that was close to, or within, the Accounting Department. Whether intentional or not, the emphasis on the cost aspects of employees meant that managers tended to have a fairly narrow focus on what were considered significant or relevant HR issues. It is also no coincidence that most HR issues tended to be about money and working conditions and generally the centre of discussions between money and working conditions and generally the centre of discussions between employees and management. The industrial relations environment was generally more hostile in this era – partly due to the management principles used. 5
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The head of human resources at Deakin University is 4 levels down in the structure hierarchy – there are two managers between her and the Vice Chancellor (effectively the chief executive officer). The risk of this embedded structure is that HR issues that require the involvement of the
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This note was uploaded on 09/27/2009 for the course SEB 323 - S taught by Professor Professor during the Three '09 term at Deakin.

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2.3 SEB323 Managing People #3 3 Aug-09 - 1 Todays lecture...

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