By Carol T. Kulik
Human Resources for the Non-HR Manager appeals to anyone interested in management issues. The book explains why human resource issues are increasingly the responsibility of front-line managers, and not the HR department. Chapters present the basics of HR-the fundamentals of hiring, performance appraisal, reward systems, and disciplinary systems-so that any manager, regardless of his or her background or functional area, can approach these parts of the job with confidence. The book also covers the latest developments in equal opportunity law and describes the manager's responsibilities in controlling sexual harassment and managing diverse employees, including older workers and employees with disabilities. Each chapter's material is firmly grounded in the current HR academic literature, but the book's friendly, conversational tone conveys basic principles of good practice without technical jargon. Designed to make the material more accessible and personally relevant, the book includes the following special features: The book has been class tested at Arizona State University, prior to publication. Starting with chapter 2, each chapter includes several Manager's Checkpoints-these are a series of questions that help the reader apply the material to his or her own organizational context. The chapters include Boxes that describe real-life examples of how companies are responding to HR challenges. For the reader who wants more information about a particular HR topic, each chapter contains several suggestions under the heading, For Further Reading-these are references to articles published in outlets that bridge the academic-practitioner divide. Each chapter concludes with a series of Manager's Knots-presented in a question-and-answer format, these describe typical managerial problems, take the reader into some of the gray, ambiguous areas of HR, and suggest ways to apply the chapter material to real-life managerial dilemmas. An Instructor's Manual is available to instructors who adopt the book for classroom use-it contains chapter outlines, supplementary materials, and recommended materials, as well as additional Manager's Knots that might be used for classroom discussion.