Introduction to HRM

Published on July 31, 2022   14 min
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My name is Professor Christine Cross. I work at the Kemi Business School at the University of Limerick in Ireland. Today the topic is what is human resource management?
Human Resource Management is the term most widely used to describe the activities a business engages in to manage its relationship with its employees. If you're an employer, a manager or an employee, or you will be in the future, the areas we cover in human resource management are going to be relevant to your working life. In every organisation, the employer needs their business to be successful and profitable. The manager needs the right people in the right place doing the right things to meet the business goals. The employee needs a job they feel able for in a fair and safe environment, which pays them appropriately. Taking all of this on board, human resource management is firstly about understanding and meeting the needs of these three stakeholders. It is also about appreciating that there are potential links between each of these needs but that some stakeholders are quite powerful, while others may have very little, if any, power at all. In order to manage these relationships, organisations choose from a range of HR policies and practices which together make up their strategy for the management of their employees and includes areas such as: how to recruit and select employees, how to ensure that everyone in the organisation is treated equally and how to pay and reward employees.