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E1: Accurately describe the responsibilities covered by the human resources function in the business, showing a thorough unde

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E1: Accurately describe the responsibilities covered by the human resources function in the business, showing a thorough understanding of the importance of these resources to the business Introduction I am going to look at a tyre company called 'Bridgestone'. Bridgestone is a limited liability company based in Japan but who are expanding through out the world and therefore there are many employees working for this company about 110,000 in 2003. The most valuable resource in business is its people, or human resources. There is a direct relationship between the quality of the workforce and business success. Human resource management used to be called personnel management which was a function limited to recruiting, selecting, rewarding, managing and developing employees and it meant that employees were costs to the business and had to be controlled and kept to a minimum. However things changed in the 1990s from personnel management to human resources and this approach has changed to support employees to fulfil their own needs and aspirations and to meet the objectives of the company. Employees started to be recognized as resources and therefore this encouraged investment in training and development and other activities which increase the worth of these investments. The human resources department is important because it manages one of the business's most important and most expensive resources. Bridgestone needs to employ and retain the right people for the smooth running of the organisation. Human resources departments There are four main areas, which are; * Human Resource Planning - Businesses need to plan carefully to ensure they have the right numbers of employees and for this they need to understand the labour market in the areas where they operate. There are some factors which need to be considered for human resources planning which are; local employment trends, local skills shortages, competition for employees and availability of labour. This also involves looking at how labour is organized in the business. ...read more.

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* Job evaluation - It is the process of the organisation to assess each job in relation to another. This evaluation affects payment for a job. * Merit rating - If an individual has developed their skill level and performance they may get increased pay or bonuses. Job evaluation sets the pay bands and Merit rating sets the individual positions in a band and these are; starter which is the degree of efficiency expected from a learner, qualified which is able to perform the basic job, experienced which is able to respond to any situations and superior which is ready for promotion and equivalent to the next grade. This will assess factors such as volume and quality of output, initiative, adaptability, attendance and punctually, against the assessment done by managers, every year. However there are some disadvantages, trade unions view this as subjective and open to favouritism and it is not popular. Performance related pay (PRP) This is a method of deciding a Bridgestone employee's progress through their salary bands. In a merit scheme, employees are rewarded as managers assess their personal characteristics from a subjective point of view. But in the PRP scheme, performance or competence are used for deciding the size of the increase and so the rate of progress through a salary band. Therefore the PRP approach is not based on someone's subjective views but on an agreed objectives philosophy, which include; * The key result areas of the job * Clear standards of performance and target levels of competence * Regular, objective reviews of performance and competence As a result of assessment by PRP, a manager at Bridgestone may assess employees us outstanding, superior, standard or developing. If employees have achieved a good assessment their percentage of pay will increase and it will be influenced by; * The typical rate of pay for employees in Bridgestone at a particular time * The financial state of Bridgestone * The present position of the employee in the salary band * Company policy ...read more.

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There are too many details to put on the CV and some of them are not necessary to apply for a job in Bridgestone. Bridgestone does not want to know every detail for every single qualification, skills and abilities which the applicant has got but they are only interested in what qualification they have got related to the job they are applying for. When writing a CV it is necessary to write down name, date of birth, address and phone number so Bridgestone can see who the applicant is and how they can contact them. It will be better to show those details clearly as shown in sample (1). Therefore instead of writing down everything in a CV, applicants need to consider which skills are necessary to write down and which one is not to simplify their CV. Application letter An application letter is often written instead of completing an application form or CV. Bridgestone prefer candidates to write an application form by hand rather than a word processed application. This means they analyse the contents of an application letter and they may also want to analyse an applicant's hand writing. In Bridgestone employees need to write a lot of things as well as word processing so employers in Bridgestone will look at hand writing as one of the applicants' skills. Also they can add further information about them which they cannot put into other documents. So it is worth asking applicants to write an application letter although they may complete an application form and send a CV. I have prepared two sample application letters and both of them are applying for the same job role. When comparing those two application letters, I think employers will prefer sample (2) than sample (1) because when they first look at them, they can see the applicant's qualification more clearly in sample (2). When looking at sample (1) every entry is shown as a sentence and it looks so complicated. Because Bridgestone will get so many application letters they have to be eye catching and easy to read for employers. ...read more.

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