Human Resource Management in the Caribbean: Planning for the Future
Human resources planning is becoming more important as the Public Services (primarily of Belize, Grenada, Guyana and Jamaica) face the scarcity of "human capital", and begin to plan for, rather than react to, human resource management problems. The effectiveness of human resource planning depends largely on how well the information resource is managed. This article focuses on general considerations for implementing and managing humanresource information systems, shares related Caribbean experiences and imperatives forthe future.
The Public Services of the Caribbean,(1) in their quest for efficiency and effectiveness, place emphasis on human resource management and planning. Human Resource Planning, specifically the establishment of information systems which support planning efforts, takes on increased urgency and significance as the region faces the problem of the scarcity of human capital and the need to plan for, rather than react to, human resource management problems. For purposes of this article, human capital is defined as stored human productive potential.(2) Information systems must be given special attention as they inform all aspects of the human resource planning process from the inputs stage through analysis, forecasting, and implementation to evaluation and redesign of the human resource plan.
This article focuses on general considerations for the implementation of human resource information systems, and shares related experiences from the Caribbean as well as imperatives for the future.
Establishing and Managing Human Resource Information Systems
A human resource management information system assumes the existence of a policy framework for human resource management and planning. This gives direction to the outputs, which users of the system require for quality analysis, decision making and control.
Other considerations worthy of mention and from which organizations like the public service could well benefit, are the emerging information systems planning methodology which seem to rest on these foundations--obtaining executive commitment and involvement, setting information …