Human Resource Management – Nature, Scope, Objectives and Function (1)

          Human resources may be defined as the total knowledge, skills, creative abilities, talents and aptitudes of an organization’s workforce, as well as the values, attitudes, approaches and beliefs of the individuals involved in the affairs of the organization. It is the sum total or aggregate of inherent abilities, acquired knowledge and skills represented by the talents and aptitudes of the persons employed in the organization.

          human resources are multi dimensional in nature. From the national point of view, human resources may be defined as the knowledge, skills, creative abilities, talents and aptitudes obtained in the population; whereas from the view point of the individual enterprise, they represent the total of the inherent abilities, acquired knowledge and skills as exemplified in the talents and aptitudes of its employees.

Human Resource Management: Nature

Human ResourceManagement is a process of bringing people and organizations together so that the goals of each are met. The various features of HRM include:

  • It is pervasive in nature as it is present in all enterprises.
  • Its focus is on results rather than on rules.
  • It tries to help employees develop their potential fully.
  • It encourages employees to give their best to the organization.
  • It is all about people at work, both as individuals and groups.
  • It tries to put people on assigned jobs in order to produce good results.
  • It helps an organization meet its goals in the future by providing for competent and well-motivated employees.
  • It tries to build and maintain cordial relations between people working at various levels in the organization.
  • It is a multi-disciplinary activity, utilizing knowledge and inputs drawn from psychology, economics, etc.

Human Resource Management: Scope

The scope of HRM is very wide:

  1. Personnel aspect-This is concerned with manpower planning, recruitment, selection, placement, transfer, promotion, training and development, layoff and retrenchment, remuneration, incentives, productivity etc.
  2. Welfare aspect-It deals with working conditions and amenities such as canteens, cr?ches, rest and lunch rooms, housing, transport, medical assistance, education, health and safety, recreation facilities, etc.
  3. Industrial relations aspect-This covers union-management relations, joint consultation, collective bargaining, grievance and disciplinary procedures, settlement of disputes, etc.

(To be continued)

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