Human Resources Management

23 07 2010

What is human resources management and what are the components of its changing environment?

In the simplest of terms, human resources management is the act of selecting, training and motivating of employees to perform to the best of their capability, utilizing their skills appropriately, and valuing them as individuals (Accel Team).  Whether the human resources management is the task of those in a supervisory position or whether it is a specific department or specialized staff member, the duties are unchanged in regards to human resources.  There are numerous impacts on the duties of the human resources management team, from technology to laws and much in between.

Ever-changing laws are one of the most significant components that changes the expectations and necessities of human resources management.  As the government redefines and clarifies legal statutes in labor laws, human resources management must too evolve to learn and incorporate those changes into the environment around them (Mirza, et al).  An example is the bill that just passed in the New York senate that proposes to allow employees to sue for damages if bullied by a superior in their workplace – including if their superior yells at them, humiliates them, demoralizes them, or threatens them with either physical violence or damage to their position (Campbell).  Officials estimate that 1 in 6 employees in America endures such bullying at their job, which means that human resources management will need to act to educate their staff that are in supervisor positions, train them on effective management skills and work to cease bullying in order to reduce the chance of such lawsuits, if this bill is passed.

Another significant impact to human resource management is technology.  The Reference for Business Encyclopedia states:

“Satellite communications, computers and networking systems, fax machines, and other devices were facilitating rapid change. Moreover, since these technologies helped blur the lines between work time and personal time by enabling employees to work at home, HRM professionals began adopting “management by objective” approaches to human resources instead of the traditional “management by sight” method.”

Technology, too, is relied upon to screen and filter candidates, track statistics about individual employees and many other tasks that in the past have kept members of the human resources management staff buried in paperwork (ICIMS).

Other significant components that have changed and continue to mold the human resource management field include outsourcing and globalization, the improvements of machinery and technology, and the managing style switch from supervisory to teamwork (Nayab).  I believe that human resources management will continue to evolve and change as the needs of the employers and employees change and it is an exciting field to pursue for the opportunity of never-ending education alone.

Works Cited

“Human Resource Management.” Team Building Training and Development. Accel Team, 2010. Web. 23 July 2010. <;.

Campbell, Tom. “Healthy Workplace/Bullying Law Passed By State Senate Continues To Garner Support From Organized Labor While Being Attacked By The Buffalo-Niagara Partnership as Harmful To New York’s Private Sector.” WNY Labor Today: Western New York’s Regional Labor News Web Site. 9 July 2010. Web. 18 July 2010. <;.

“ICIMS’ Employee Management Solutions.” HR Recruiting Application & Applicant Tracking Software by ICIMS. Web. 24 July 2010. <;.

Mirza, Patrick, Desda Moss, Terence F. Shea, Leon Rubis, and Adrienne Fox. “Ten Changes That Rocked HR: It’s No Wonder HR Is Expected to Help Manage Change. Look at What It Has Been through | HR Magazine | Find Articles at BNET.” Find Articles at BNET | News Articles, Magazine Back Issues & Reference Articles on All Topics. Dec. 2005. Web. 19 July 2010. <;.

Mote, Dave. “Human Resource Management (HRM) – Duties, Benefits.” Reference For Business – Encyclopedia of Small Business, Business Biographies, Business Plans, and Encyclopedia of American Industries. Ed. Karl Heil. 2010. Web. 23 July 2010. <;.

Nayab, N., and Linda Richter. “Human Resource Management History: Post-World War II to the Present.” Find Health, Education, Science & Technology Articles, Reviews, How-To and Tech Tips At Bright Hub – Apply To Be A Writer Today! Bright Hub, 12 July 2010. Web. 22 July 2010. <;.

“Globalization, Outsourcing and Human Resource Management: Small Business” Getting the Money You Need to Succeed : Small Business Web. 21 July 2010. <;.




2 responses

14 09 2010

ok how is this supposedto mean?

17 09 2010

I’m not sure what part is confusing you.

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