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What is Human Resource Management?

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What is Human Resource Management? Human resource management includes a variety of activities. There are many key factors for any large organisation to focus on such as the following: * What staffing needs to have and whether to use independent contractors or hire employees to fill these needs * Recruiting and training the best employees, ensuring they are high performers * Dealing with performance issues and ensuring its personnel and management practices conform to various regulations. For the organisation activities also include managing its approach to employee benefits and compensation, employee records and personnel policies. Usually new business owners have to carry out these activities themselves because they can't yet afford part or full-time help. ...read more.

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It is costly and inefficient if there is a high labour turnover of staff * The business needs to recruit the most appropriate staff for vacancies * The business must make sure its staff are properly trained in order to carry out their work in the most effective way * The business has to abide by laws and regulations concerning its staff or it could face prosecution or difficulties later * Motivated staff work better than de-motivated staff * Pay levels should be appropriate. Paying too much is costly, but paying below the minimum wage is de-motivating. Who is responsible for Human Resource Management? ...read more.

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For example, the opening up of the former communist countries to trade from the West in the early 1990s would have meant changing plans for businesses aiming to break into these markets. It is likely that employees with knowledge of the business and language of these countries would have been in demand. * Planning has to be constantly monitored. It is unwise for Boots to plan its human resource needs and not alter them in the light of changing events. Planning has to be checked, revised and updated as other factors change. * Human resource planning must be well thought out or it is likely to lead to industrial relations problems. Cuts in the workforce or wage reductions that are not negotiated could, as mentioned earlier, affect employees' motivation and could lead to industrial action. ...read more.

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