ADMN222(3) - Module 1: Need for Human Resources. Topic 3:...

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Module 1: Need for Human Resources. .. Topic 3: HRM Challenges in the Twenty- First Century Introduction Working through this module so far will have given you a sense that the role of HRM is becoming more important as we move through the twenty-first century. However, so is the need for HRM personnel to change the focus of their activities in order to be able to justify their existence as an asset rather than a cost item. Research has found that while many HR departments in Canadian organizations want to play a more strategic role, they are often left on the sidelines as the field has been slow to adapt practices to showcase their contribution (textbook, page 6). A number of global trends and challenges facing businesses today have increased the pressure on HRM to play a more strategic role in organizations. HR departments today are expected to play a more important role in improving productivity, increasing responsiveness, improving customer service, building employee commitment and developing corporate strategy. Positioning HRM for the Future There is an increasing emphasis on strategic human resources management. More and more firms have come to realize that HR professionals are of greatest benefit to a firm when they become strategic partners (textbook, page 24). In addition, an increasingly diverse workforce with a greater number of employees seeking work-life balance has meant that organizations are under more pressure to find new ways of working. Flextime, job sharing, and virtual work sites all make the employment relationship more complex and require more innovation in the area of HRM. The strategic importance of people to organizations has grown for a number of reasons, including:
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ADMN222(3) - Module 1: Need for Human Resources. Topic 3:...

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