PM in Human Resources
Human resources (HR) is a support function alongside the value chain and deals with people, jobs and the organization. Its contribution to the overall strategy and activities of the company lies in creating the appropriate HR strategy, the organizational set-up, the designing of individual or group jobs, the interaction with stakeholders (e.g. unions, workers council), the design of the work environment and the allocation of working times. Daily job duties of human resources specialists include preparing or updating employment records related to hiring, transferring, promoting and terminating; explaining human resources policies, procedures, laws and standards to new and existing employees; and ensuring new hire paperwork is completed and processed (Slack et al., Operations management. London: Pitman, 1995, 2013). Human resources managers plan, direct and coordinate the administrative functions of an organization. They oversee specialists in their duties, consult with executives on strategic planning and link a company’s management with its employees.
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