Friday, October 3, 2008

Web Forum[HRM]: Personnel / Human Resource Management - the definitions..

(Note: This is a reply to a post in Mr. G.'s Web Forum - Assignment 9: Look for various definitions of personnel management and human resource management and their authors and sources (minimum of 5). Critique each.)

[#] Human resource management (HRM) is the strategic and coherent approach to the management of an organization's most valued assets - the people working there who individually and collectively contributes to the achievement of the objectives of the business.

Source: Wikipedia

=The employees are truly the most valuable resource of an organization. Thus, the management of these human resources must be deliberated and articulated. It is clearly stated how the employees contributes much to the achievement of goals of an organization. Hence, the HR management should play well to motivate and meet the needs of the workers for their performance affect the quality of work production.

[#] Personnel Management is responsible for the provision of specialist personnel and human resource management advisory services to departments, and the development and implementation of a relevant, coherent and modern framework of employment policies and practices throughout the University.


=This definition is based primarily on how personnel management is being implemented in a certain university. Personnel management to their perspective doesn’t only include the hiring and developing their personnel, but also its function brings in the responsibility of implementing rational employment policies.

[#] Human Resource management is based in the efficient utilization of employees in achieving two main goals within a corporation or other type of organization. The first goal is to effectively make use of the talents and abilities of employees to achieve the operational objectives that are the ultimate aim of the organization. Along with realizing the goals of the organization, Human Resource management also seeks to ensure that the individual employee is satisfied with both the working environment and the compensation and benefits that he or she receives.

Source: wiseGEEK

=It is being stressed in the said definition that the management of human resources has 2 vital roles to play. Practically, the potentials of each individual must be skillfully utilized to achieve the goal of an organization. However, it is not only limited to this. The HR management should also see to it that there is mutual advantage or advantage of both the parties. The personal satisfaction of the workers should also be seen by the management to ensure that the efforts of the human resources and the payment/salary they receive are balanced.

[#] The Human Resources Management (HRM) function includes a variety of activities, and key among them is deciding what staffing needs you 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 your personnel and management practices conform to various regulations.

Author: Assembled by Carter McNamara, MBA, PhD

=Unlike exactly what are stated in the other definitions, here it is clearly indicated that the responsibility of the HR manager doesn’t only covers hiring and acquisition, and the development of the human resources, and determining what do they need, but it is how these shall be met and dealt with to be used as benefits of the company.

[#] Personnel management is the administrative discipline of hiring and developing employees so that they become more valuable to the organization.


=Administrative discipline refers to “managerial” or “executive” regulation. Based on the definition above, I could say that personnel management involves governmental authority to manage employees which are part of the company or organization. Truly, managing personnel includes high discipline to handle such massive workforce. Human Resource Management (HRM) is the function within an organization that focuses on recruitment of, management of, and providing direction for the people who work in the organization.

Source: About.com

=For sure, HRM is an organizational function that deals with issues related to people working in the company such as compensation, hiring, and benefits. Not only that, it is also responsible for guiding the workforce towards the achievement of the organization’s goals.