The Importance Of HRM

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1. INTRODUCTION

As we know, the term ‘human resource management’ underlines a belief that people really make the difference, only people among other resources have the capacity to generate value. However, the human resource management is considered as the ‘Cinderella’ in the organization as its importance has not been discovered by the senior managers, in addition, it has to share responsibilities with line managers, sometimes it takes more work than it is expected. Actions should be taken to help the Cinderella find her glass shoes.

2. THE ROLE OF THE HRM

Human resource management (HRM), as defined by Bratton, J. & Gold, J. (2003), is

“A strategic approach to managing employment relations which emphasizes that leveraging people’s capabilities is critical to achieving sustainable competitive advantage, this being achieved through a distinctive set of integrated employment policies, programmes and practices.”

According to this definition, we can see that human resource management should not merely handle recruitment, pay, and discharging, but also should maximize the use of an organization's human resources in a more strategic level. To describe what the HRM does in the organization, Ulrich, D. & Brocklebank, W. (2005) have outlined some of the HRM roles such as employee advocate, human capital developer, functional expert, strategic partner and HR leader etc.

It seems that HRM is so crucial to the organization, for what it does has nearly covered all aspects of the business – from strategic planning to the training and development, but unfortunately, its importance has not been accepted by everyone. As proposed by Morton, C, Newall, A. & Sparkes, J. (2001) there are three different views of HR function within the...

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...ctober 2006, Reference: 3836, London: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

• Torrington, D. Hall, L. & Taylor, S. (2005) Human Resource Management. Harlow: Financial Times Prentice Hall

• Ulrich, D. & Brocklebank, W. (2005) Role Call. People Management, Vol. 16, June, pp.24 – 28

7. APPENDIX I

Survey: How do you think your CEO would score

the performance of the HR function?

Source: Tamkin, P, Reilly, P. & Strebler, M. (2006) The Changing HR Function: The Key Questions. Change Agenda, Issued: October 2006, Reference: 3836, London: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

8. APPENDIX II

HR & Line – Where does responsibility rest? (% Respondent)

Source: CIPD. (2003) HR Survey: Where We Are, Where We’re Heading. Survey Report. Issued: October 2003, Reference: 2872, London: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
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