Whilst the precise HR objectives will vary from business to business and industry to industry, the following are commonly seen as important HR objectives:
Ensure human resources are employed cost-effectively
Make effective use of workforce potential
Match the workforce to the business needs
Maintain good employer / employee relations
Influences on HRM Objectives
The main internal and external influences which are likely to affect the human resources function are summarised below:
Internal influences on HRM objectives
E.g. an objective of cost reduction is likely to require HR to implement redundancies, job reallocations etc.
E.g. introduction of new IT or other systems and processes may require new staff training, fewer staff
E.g. new product development and entry into a new market may require changes to organisational structure and recruitment of a new sales team
E.g. a decision to reduce costs by outsourcing training would result in changes to training programmes
External influences on HRM objectives
E.g. a loss of market share to a competitor may require a change in divisional management or job losses to improve competitiveness
E.g. the recession of 2009/10 has placed great pressure on HR departments to reduce staff costs and improve productivity
E.g. the rapid growth of social networking may require changes to the way the business communicates with employees and customers
E.g. the growing number of single-person households is increasing demand from employees for flexible working options
Political & legal changes
E.g. EU legislation on areas such as maximum working time and other employment rights impacts directly on workforce planning and remuneration
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