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1 The Challenge of Human Resource Management

2 Why Study Human Resource Management Staffing the organization, designing jobs and teams, developing skillful employees, identifying approaches for improving their performance, and rewarding employee successes are as relevant to line managers as they are to managers in the HR department.

3 To work with people effectively, we have to understand human behavior, and we have to be knowledgeable about the various systems and practices available to help us build a skilled and motivated workforce.

4 We have to be aware of economic, technological, social, legal, and global issues that either facilitate or constrain our efforts to achieve organizational goals.

5 Competitive Advantage through People Core Competencies –Integrated knowledge sets within an organization that distinguish it from its competitors and deliver value to customers. Sustained competitive advantage through people is achieved if these human resources: –Have value. –Are rare and unavailable to competitors. –Are difficult to imitate. –Are organized for synergy.

6 Overall Framework for Human Resource Management COMPETITIVE CHALLENGES Globalization Technology Managing change Human capital Responsiveness Cost containment COMPETITIVE CHALLENGES Globalization Technology Managing change Human capital Responsiveness Cost containment HUMAN RESOURCES Planning Recruitment Staffing Job design Training/development Appraisal Communications Compensation Benefits Labor relations HUMAN RESOURCES Planning Recruitment Staffing Job design Training/development Appraisal Communications Compensation Benefits Labor relations EMPLOYEE CONCERNS Background diversity Age distribution Gender issues Educational levels Employee rights Privacy issues Work attitudes Family concerns EMPLOYEE CONCERNS Background diversity Age distribution Gender issues Educational levels Employee rights Privacy issues Work attitudes Family concerns

7 Competitive Challenges and Human Resources Management The most pressing competitive issues facing firms: –Going global –Embracing technology –Managing change –Developing human capital –Responding to the market –Containing costs

8 CHALLENGE 1: Going Global GlobalizationGlobalization –The trend toward opening up foreign markets to international trade and investment. Impact of Globalization –Partnerships with foreign firms –“Anything, anywhere, anytime” markets –Lower trade and tariff barriers NAFTA, EU, APEC trade agreements WTO and GATT

9 Going Global (cont’d) Impact on HRM –Different geographies, cultures, laws, and business practices –Issues: Identifying capable expatriate managers. Developing foreign culture and work practice training programs. Adjusting compensation plans for overseas work.

10 CHALLENGE 2: Embracing New Technology Knowledge Workers –Workers whose responsibilities extend beyond the physical execution of work to include planning, decision making, and problem solving. The Spread of E-commerce The Rise of Virtual Workers

11 Influence of Technology in HRM Human Resources Information System (HRIS)Human Resources Information System (HRIS) –Computerized system that provides current and accurate data for purposes of control and decision making. –Benefits: Store and retrieve of large quantities of data. Combine and reconfigure data to create new information. Institutionalization of organizational knowledge. Easier communications. Lower administrative costs, increase productivity and response times.

12 Major Uses For HR Information Systems

13 Impact of IT on HRM Transformational Impact Operational Impact Relational Impact HRMHRM

14 A specific example of HR transformation at Merck can be seen in the evolution of education and training. Rather than relying solely on traditional approaches to learning, Merck is developing a “blended” approach to learning.

15 In combination with traditional classroom experiences, Merck created web-based e-learning opportunities as well. For example, in association with Forum Corporation, Merck piloted the use of an online 560-degree diagnostic tool called Performance Compass for its Leadership Development Program. The tool helps managers assess their developmental needs and then connects them to a wide array of external training and educational resources. Similarly, Merck worked with Developmental Dimensions International (DDI) to implement an On-line Performance and Learning (OPAL) system that provides coaching tips and learning tools and resources for employees and managers.

16 As organizations think about making investments in IT, HR and line managers should jointly plan for its implementation. In small companies, in particular, managers should consider the following factors in their needs assessment for IT investments:

17 Initial costs and annual maintenance costs Fit of software packages to the employee base Ability to upgrade Increased efficiency and time savings Compatibility with current systems User-friendliness Availability of technical support Needs for customizing Time required to implement Training time required for HR and payroll

18 CHALLENGE 3: Managing Change Technology and globalization are only two of the forces driving change in organizations and HRM. As John Kotter, leadership guru, noted, "Efforts to transform organizations have increased dramatically. These changes are both driven by forces associated with technology, the globalization of competition and market and workforce demographics.”

19 Most employees--regardless of occupation-- understand that the way things were done five or ten years ago is very different from how they are done today (or will be done in the future). Responsibilities change, job assignments change, work processes change. And this change is continuous--apart of the job--rather than temporary. Nevertheless, people often resist change because it requires them to modify or abandon ways of working that have been successful or at least familiar to them .

20 Managing Change Types of Change –Reactive change Change that occurs after external forces have already affected performance –Proactive change Change initiated to take advantage of targeted opportunities Formal change management programs help to keep employees focused on the success of the business. Types of Change –Reactive change Change that occurs after external forces have already affected performance –Proactive change Change initiated to take advantage of targeted opportunities Formal change management programs help to keep employees focused on the success of the business.

21 Managing Change Why Change Efforts Fail: 1.Not establishing a sense of urgency. 2.Not creating a powerful coalition to guide the effort. 3.Lacking leaders who have a vision. 4.Lacking leaders who communicate the vision. 5.Not removing obstacles to the new vision. 6.Not systematically planning for and creating short-term “wins.” 7.Declaring victory too soon. 8.Not anchoring changes in the corporate culture.

22 CHALLENGE 4: Developing Human Capital Human CapitalHuman Capital –The knowledge, skills, and capabilities of individuals that have economic value to an organization. –Valuable because capital: Is based on company-specific skills. Is gained through long-term experience. Can be expanded through development.

23 Managers are evaluated on their progress toward meeting developmental goals. These goals focus on skill development and gaining new competencies and capabilities. In a growing number of instances, pay is attached to this knowledge and skill acquisition. Skill- based pay, for example, rewards employees for each new class of jobs they are capable of performing.

24 CHALLENGE 5: Responding to the Market Total Quality Management (TQM)Total Quality Management (TQM) –A set of principles and practices whose core ideas include understanding customer needs, doing things right the first time, and striving for continuous improvement. Six SigmaSix Sigma –A process used to translate customer needs into a set of optimal tasks that are performed in concert with one another.

25 Responding to the Market ReengineeringReengineering –Fundamental rethinking and radical redesign of business processes to achieve dramatic improvements in cost, quality, service, and speed. Requires that managers create an environment for change. Depends on effective leadership and communication processes. Requires that administrative systems be reviewed and modified.

26 Today at Ford Motor Company, their most popular slogan is “Ford Has a Better Idea.” Back in the 1980s when Ford Motor Company total quality management practices were vast, the slogan of “Quality Is Job 1” made more sense. Ford wanted to produce better quality products, a stable work environment for the workforce, effective management, and profitability; all by the 1990s, “Quality is Job 1” became “Quality People, Quality Products.”

27 CHALLENGE 6: Containing Costs DownsizingDownsizing –The planned elimination of jobs. OutsourcingOutsourcing –Contracting outside the organization to have work done that formerly was done by internal employees. Employee LeasingEmployee Leasing –The process of dismissing employees who are then hired by a leasing company (which handles all HR-related activities) and contracting with that company to lease back the employees.

28 Companies with No Lay-off Policy Companies with Creative Layoff Strategies

29 Productivity Enhancements MOTIVATION Job enrichment Promotions Coaching Feedback Rewards MOTIVATION Job enrichment Promotions Coaching Feedback Rewards ENVIRONMENT Empowerment Teams Leader support Culture ENVIRONMENT Empowerment Teams Leader support Culture ABILITY Recruitment Selection Training Development ABILITY Recruitment Selection Training Development Perf = f (A,M,E)

30 Demographic and Employee Concerns In addition to the competitive challenges racing organizations, managers in general-and HR managers in particular- need to be concerned about changes in the makeup and the expectations of their employees.

31 Gender Distribution WomenMen

32 WomenMen Gender Distribution

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36 Social Issues and HRM Changing Demographics –Shrinking pool of entry-level workers –Productivity –Individual differences –Retirement benefits –Social Security contributions –Skills development –Use of temporary employees

37 Social Issues and HRM (cont’d) Employer/Employee Concerns –Job as an entitlement –Right to work –Whistle-blowing –Employment at will –AIDS –Comparable worth –Concern for privacy –Mandated benefits

38 Social Issues and HRM (cont’d) Attitudes Toward Work and Family –Day care –Flextime –Job sharing –Alternative work schedules –Elder care –Job rotation –Parental leave –Telecommuting

39 Cultural Changes and HRM The attitudes, beliefs, values, and customs of people in a society are an integral part of their culture. Naturally, their culture affects their behavior on the job and the environment within the organization, influencing their reactions to work assignments, leadership styles, and reward systems. Like the external and internal environments of which it is a part, culture is undergoing continual change. HR policies and procedures therefore must be adjusted to cope with this change.

40 Employee Rights Book 5 and Book 6 of The Labor Code of the Philippines

41 Concern for Privacy HR managers and their Staffs as well as line managers in positions of responsibility generally recognize importance of discretion in handling all types of information about employees .

42 Changing Attitude Towards Work Employees today are less likely to define their personal success only in terms of financial gains. This trend has been evolving for some time, but observers have noted that it has peaked since the terrorist attacks of September

43 Changing Attitude Towards Work Personal fulfillment and self-expression- as well as a balance between work and family are key factors in a complex array of job attitudes. Many people view life satisfaction as more likely to result from balancing the challenges and rewards of work with those in their personal lives.

44 Changing Attitude Towards Work Though most people still enjoy work, and want to excel at it, they tend to be focused on finding interesting work and may pursue multiple careers rather than being satisfied with just “having a job.” People also appear to be seeking ways of living that are less complicated but more meaningful. These new lifestyles cannot help having an impact on the way employees must be motivated and managed. Consequently; HRM has become more complex than it was when employees were concerned primarily with economic survival.

45 Balancing Work and Family Work and the family are connected in many subtle and not-so-subtle social, economic, and psychological ways. Because of the new forms that the family has taken-such as the two-wage- earner and the single-parent fatal/y-- work organizations find it necessary to provide employees with more family- friendly options.

46 Balancing Work and Family “Family friendly” is a broad term that may include unconventional hours, day care, part-time work, job. shying, pregnancy leave, parental leave, executive transfers, spousal involvement in career planning, assistance with family problems, and telecommuting.

47 Balancing Work and Family Aetna Life and Casualty has cut turnover by 50 percent since it began to offer six-month parental leaves, coupled with an option for part-time work when employees return to the job. Bank of America provides tip to six weeks of paid leave for fathers. Further, Bank of America encourages all its employees to visit their children's schools or volunteer at any school - on company time.

48 Responsibilities of the Human Resources Manager Advice and Counsel Service Policy formulation and implementation Employee Advocacy

49 Human Resource Competency Model Business Mastery Business acumen Customer orientation External Relations Business Mastery Business acumen Customer orientation External Relations HR Mastery Staffing Performance appraisal Rewards system Communication Organization design HR Mastery Staffing Performance appraisal Rewards system Communication Organization design Change Mastery Interpersonal skills and influence Problem-solving skills Rewards system Innovation and creativity Change Mastery Interpersonal skills and influence Problem-solving skills Rewards system Innovation and creativity Personal Credibility Trust Personal relationships Lived values Courage

50 Model of Diversity Management Strategy


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