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Trends and Challenges of Human Resources

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Trends and Challenges of Human Resources

Human resources departments have existed for approximately 100 years. Previously known as personnel departments, organizations' departments specializing in the management of people assets have evolved through the years to address many issues. Change in labor laws, introduction and advancement in technology, and the way humankind has evolved has forced many trend changes in human resources management (HRM). In today's organizations, HRM has many functions and roles (Brannen, 2000). According to Dalton E. Brannen, Professor of Management in the college of business administration at Augusta State University, human resources management departments include the administrative role of processing benefits keeping employee records (Brannen, 2000). HRM also "…is required to develop and operate training, recruitment and safety programs." (Brannen, 2000, pp. 1-3). With the many changes that have occurred throughout the years, HRM challenges for effectiveness and efficiency have also multiplied. This study will address four important topics HRM departments face in today's organizations: how a complete performance management system is differs from an annual performance appraisals; advantages of managing turnover in companies; contemporary safety and health management issues, and future trends and challenges in the workplace will be discussed.

The process of analyzing employee performance has been a source for companies to determine how well an employee is performing at his job. This is how raises, promotions, and whether to keep an employee or let them go can be decided. Traditionally employee evaluations are done by managers or supervisors who annually assess the performance of employees o...

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