ADMN 222 - Module 1: Need for Human Resources. Topic 1:...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–3. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Module 1: Need for Human Resources. .. Topic 1: Human Resources Management —Roles and Responsibilities What Is Human Resources Management? Successful organizations bring together different kinds of people to achieve a common purpose—without people organizations would not exist. The term “human resources” implies that people are as important to the success of any business as other resources are, such as money, materials, machinery, and information. Human resources management (HRM) is about more than just hiring, paying, and training people, it is about the management of people in an organization. Definition HRM is defined as the activities, policies, and practices involved in obtaining, developing, utilizing, evaluating, maintaining, and retaining the appropriate number and skill mix of employees to accomplish the organization’s objectives (textbook, p. 2). Note that the word “employees” is also intended to cover contract workers, people from other organizations who are working on projects, or any similar working relationship. Whatever business you are in, and irrespective of its size, employers make many decisions that affect the organization and its employees. Let’s look at the situation of a new entrepreneur and some of the HRM decisions to be considered. Jennifer Brown After many years of formal employment, Jennifer Brown is keen to go out on her own and achieve her long-term goal of being an entrepreneur. After much exploration, she has decided to capitalize on her knowledge of the medical field by establishing a business offering a medical transcription service to hospitals and general practitioners. She is sure she can get more business than she can take care of herself, but to do so, she will have to employ other people to help her. This leaves her with a number of questions: How many people will I need? Will I have enough work to employ people full-time or should I hire people on a part-time or contract basis? What should their skill set be? What benefits are they entitled to? How can I ensure the right people have been employed? When I get the right people, how do I ensure I keep them? What legislation will I need to know? Irrespective of the nature of your business and its size, you will be facing similar questions and thus will need an understanding of human resources management. The question of who undertakes these activities in any given organization depends on the size and complexity of that organization. Many large and complex organizations have dedicated HR professionals
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
who offer advice and expertise, but ”the direct handling of people is, and always has been, an integral part of every . . . manager’s responsibility, from president down to the lowest-level supervisor.” (textbook, page 2). A word on focus
Background image of page 2
Image of page 3
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 01/06/2010 for the course ADMN 222 taught by Professor Rmirza during the Fall '09 term at Thompson Rivers.

Page1 / 10

ADMN 222 - Module 1: Need for Human Resources. Topic 1:...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 3. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online