Human Resource Management (HRM) is ‘the development and implementation of systems in an organization designed to attract, develop and retain a high-performing workforce’. (Pg 3 of Human Resource Management : Principles and Practices (3rd Edition) by Maimunah Aminuddin (Oxford University Press)).
But I believe that such purpose is the ideal, not the norm in most organizations, and it also depends on the organization’s structure and management practice.
In today’s job market, where the supply usually exceeds the demand, the concept of ‘attracting, developing and retaining a high-performing workforce’ is a mere HR dream for most companies.
Still, there’s no harm in dreaming of an ideal HRM.
That’s why I chose to read this textbook:
Human Resource Management : Principles and Practices
Human Resource Management : Principles and Practices (3rd Edition) by Maimunah Aminuddin (Oxford University Press) is a comprehensive textbook that focuses on human resource management in Malaysia.
It is very useful not only for MBA, undergraduate and diploma students, but also for human resource executives and managers who have no academic background in the subject.
And even if they do have the knowledge, reading this textbook could serve as a refresher and keep them updated on the current HRM practices in Malaysia.
I highly recommend this textbook because it addresses the specific functions of human resource management such as recruitment and selection, employee training, performance management and appraisal of individual employees, systems for compensating and rewarding workers, development of systems to improve productivity in the organization, occupational safety and health, industrial relations and disciplinary systems.
Based on the contents of this textbook, it is quite clear that effective Human Resource Management requires proper implementation of systems.
Please refer to my previous posting about the Human Resource Management System (HRMS) for a general idea on what those systems are and the tools that could help ensure that the systems are implemented efficiently.
If you purchase this textbook, you will find an activation code on the inside cover that will enable you to access the student resources at Oxford Fajar Companion Website (OFCW) for 1 year.
Access into the online portal will provide you with not only resources (mostly online tests and sometimes additional notes) that are related to the subject of the textbook but also other subjects from other Oxford Fajar books such as Strategic Management and Matematik Tingkatan 3, and even additional ICT terminologies that complement the popular Oxford Fajar Kamus Dwi-Bahasa.
I feel it is important to share that in the book it is stated that the purpose of human resource management is:
to ensure that the people employed by the organization are being used as efficiently and effectively as possible and that they are able to contribute towards achieving the organizational goals. [page 3]
By goals, I believe it means continuous profitability and competitiveness.
In my opinion, that purpose can only be achieved with the cooperation of all the other departments in the organization, it is not the function of the HR department alone.
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