Human Resource Management (Hrm) - Paper

1879 Words Apr 4th, 2011 8 Pages
Human Resource Management (HRM) is now a term which is now widely used, yet loosely defined (Guest, 1987). So, what is HRM? What does it mean and what is its focus? “The focus on HRM is on managing people within the employer – employee relationship. Specifically it involves the productive use of people in achieving the organisation’s strategic business objectives and the satisfaction of individual employees needs.” (Stone, 1998) Derived from this and certain theories addressed later in this research, HRM in the field of organisational behaviour engages a set of policies designed to maximise organisational integration, employee commitment, flexibility and quality of work. With this perspective, and rapidly changing trends, it is no …show more content…
Yet, it is at the employer’s discretion whether they would use these minimums or decide to increase that standard. Note that employees may have a specific contract designed for their specific job, which would exceed the award in various ways, and are to be discussed confidentially between the parties involved.

Discrimination is also a huge factor in the legal aspect of HRM today. According to Stone (1998) discrimination involves “making a distinction between individuals or groups so as to disadvantage some and advantage others.” This may be direct or indirect. Direct being an obvious form whereby a woman may be terminated purely on the basis of her gender. Indirect is more when a company makes a promotion dependant upon five years continuous service, which is discriminating against women who take time off to handle newly born babies, therefore being unable to stay at work consecutively. A terrific example derived from Stone was O’Neill v. Burton Cables Pty. Ltd. whereby the plaintiff had undergone a medical examination just before he received the title of ‘purchasing officer’. He was unable to have the job, as he had an acute back condition due to gardening in his younger years. Yet, under the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 this act was found discriminatory as refusing to employ the man had meant he was treated less favourably than someone who did not have a stiff back. As it is shown here, along with millions of other similar

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