Human resource management (HRM or HR)

Human resource management (HRM or HR) is the management of human resources. It is designed to maximize employee performance in service of an employer's strategic objectives. HR is primarily concerned with the management of people within organizations, focusing on policies and on systems.

HR also concerns itself with organizational change and industrial relations, that is, the balancing of organizational practices with requirements arising from collective bargaining and from governmental laws.

HR is a product of the human relations movement of the early 20th century, when researchers began documenting ways of creating business value through the strategic management of the workforce. It was initially dominated by transactional work, such as payroll and benefits administration, but due to globalization, company consolidation, technological advances, and further research, HR as of 2015 focuses on strategic initiatives like mergers and acquisitions, talent management, succession planning, industrial and labor relations, and diversity and inclusion. Hamdi Khashan &Mhd; Malysian HR’ Conference, 2017

Technology has had a significant impact on human resources practices. Human Resources is transitioning to a more technology based profession because utilizing technology makes information more accessible to the whole organization, eliminates time doing administrative tasks, allows businesses to function globally and cuts costs.[29] Information technology has improved HR practices in the following areas:

  • E-Recruiting: Recruiting has been the most influenced by information technology.
  • Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS): Human resources professionals generally process a considerable amount of paperwork on a daily basis.
  • Training: Technology makes it possible for human resources professionals to train new staff members in a more efficient manner.