Human Resource Strategies

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  • Human Resource Strategies
    • Human resource objectives are the targets pursued by the function of a business
    • The main HR objectives are matching the workforces skills to the businesses needs, using the workforce to its full potential and maintaining good employee - employer relations
    • Internal influences on the HR objectives will depend on the type of products supplied by the business and the attitudes of senior managers
    • Employment legislation is likely to be a major external influence.
    • Managers can use soft or hard strategies
    • A workforce plan details the number and type of workers required and how this is to be created
    • Workforce planning can bring a range of benefits to a business, including encouraging managers to be forward looking and allowing the business to meet customers needs
    • There are a number of organisational structures that a business might deploy
    • factors determining a businesses choice of organisational structure are the environment in which it trades and the skills of its workforce
    • Businesses can adapt their organisational structure in a number of ways to improve their competitiveness. Delayering reduces costs by removing levels of hierachy
    • Other adaptations are the use of delegation, the operation and flexible workforces and a policy of centralisation and decentralisation
    • Employing flexible workforces may involve the use of part time or temporary contracts or annualised hours
    • Employers communicate with employees through meetings and presentations and increasingly through the use of IT
    • A trade union is an organised group of employees that aims to protect and enhance the economic position of its members
    • Worker directors and works councils are other ways in which employees can influence decision making
    • A trade union is an organised group of employees can influences decision making
    • Worker directors and works councils are other ways in which employees can influence decision making
    • Arbitration is the use of a third party to decide on a way of settling a dispute. Arbitration may be binding. Concilisation occurs when a neutral third party encourages the continuation of negotitations
    • The Advisory, Concilliation and Arbitration Service ACAS has the task of resolving or preventing the industrial disputes

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