How the terms Human Resources and Personnel are viewed by Employees, Companies, and Professionals, and the differences between UK and the US
HR – Where did the people go?
Human Resources, Personnel, People Management – whatever you want to call it they are essentially the same thing – Wikipedia even has the same page yet the word ‘Personnel’ is purely a passing comment on the page.
Human Resources is listed as: “the name of the function within an organization charged with the overall responsibility for implementing strategies and policies relating to the management of individuals (i.e. the human resources) “ Ah! Simple – Strategies, Policies, People.
So not a means to stop a Company from functioning due to rules and legislation, or to stand up in front of a tribunal. You would be excused from thinking this was the purpose of HR. In SME’s the focus on HR can be even smaller, a sideline for someone in Admin to cope with on top of their usual duties, or for the owner to try to keep in touch with whilst running the Company.
The people aspect has gone – long gone is the Personnel department who dealt with that. Now it is too much about the Laws and Legislation and trying to stop the problems when they occur. The support and development of staff can all too easily be lost, which can lead to more problems in the long term. Under utilised staff, no development prospects, and no guidelines in place if something does go wrong.
Let’s bring back the people aspect, and support and develop them to save the possible long-term problems of tribunals and yet more work to comply.
Ah! People, Policies, Strategies – now that’s a better order.
What is your view on Human Resources and what their focus should be in a Company?