Human Resource Management (11e) Robert L. Mathis John H. Jackson Thomson/South Western (2006) 606 pages, Hardcover, $145.95
Reviewed by: Mary D. Tranquillo
Human resources management, according to most experts, refers to the practices and policies managers need to carry out the personnel aspect of their management job, specifically, the acquiring, training, appraising, rewarding, providing a healthy work environment, disciplining, terminating, and fair treatment of their company's employees. Besides training and developing employees, managers must also know about equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, employee rights as well as disciplining and terminating employees as part of their managerial responsibility and authority. Using their knowledge of human resources and authority of their position, managers can use their skills to fairly guide people's behavior and, thereby, employees' performance. Many large organizations tend to have clearly-written job descriptions that can serve as an initial contract between the employee and the organization, while the employee is being hired. Some organizations might have official employment contracts, which are often required in a detailed manner in some countries around the world. What is important to consider is that employers must not take employment contracts lightly, be they explicit or implicit; employment contracts should clarify the job's expectations, rules and policies, and the required standards as to fairly communicate to existing and incoming employees.
Fairness and consistency in communicating expectations to employees are extremely important in managing their performance and development, especially in a diverse workforce.
Human Resources Management, by Mathis and Jackson, is an excellent textbook for a college student majoring in leadership, management and/or human resources as it covers the above topics. The textbook is divided into 17 chapters. Each of the chapters covers important topics pertaining to managing human resources. The topics include: 1. Changing Nature of Human Resources Management; 2. Strategic HR Management and Planning; 3. Organization/Individual Relations and Retention; 4. Legal Framework of Equal Employment; 5. Managing Equal Employment and Diversity; 6. Jobs and Job Analysis; 7. Recruiting in Labor Markets; 8. Selecting Human Resources; 9. Training Human Resources; 10. Careers and HR Development; 11 . …