Human Resources in a Changing Society: Balancing Compliance and Development

Human Resources in a Changing Society: Balancing Compliance and Development

Human Resources in a Changing Society: Balancing Compliance and Development

Human Resources in a Changing Society: Balancing Compliance and Development

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Embracing a technological change in the field of Human Resources is not an easy task. The most difficult task in writing this book was developing a system that is truly human resources versus embracing a conglomeration of disciplines that are loosely connected as "human resources." This book tries to embrace that challenge. Throughout writing this book, the issues of blend and balance have been critical to developing a change for the field. It would have been easy to talk about the discipline of human resources through describing its various components of recruitment and selection, employee relations, labor relations, classification and compensation, affirmative action, risk management, training, benefits, and organizational development. Fortunately for me and (hopefully) fortunately for you, I approached this book from an emotive and cognitive perspective. The thrust of this book is that two sides of the human resources coin exists. One side embraces compliance as the driving force for thought and action. The other side of the coin is development. Too often, neither side is defined; I have tried to define both. More important, I have addressed how those two sides are blended in a realistic manner. What is different is challenging the HR professional to understand what should be the driving force and the rationale for that choice.

The book addresses how one can make a shift and walks you on the path to making changes in human resources. The book additionally challenges you to understand the shift from your own beliefs and your understanding of what your organization needs. Part I of the book looks at the dysfunctional components of human resources with an intentional focus on challenging you to assess what you currently experience in human resources, whether you are the professional in the field or the client recipient of the field. Part II of the book begins with a search for blended skills. In effect, if you are unable to make a choice--and most people are--then how do you blend what is needed to make a real difference. How you make a change is critical to that process and it describes my vision for the HR professional. In this part of the book, I restructure human resources as a field, challenging you to either embrace the disciplines or separate them for the long haul.

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