Almost each and every organisation has a Human Resource Department these days. It might be called by different names in different organisations like Personnel & Administration Department, Employee Relations Department, People Development & Communications Department etc. but the domain of functions performed by them are more or less similar. If the functions performed by this department is same in all the organisations then why is it so that in some organisations it is at the driver’s seat and in others it is viewed as a cost centre doing nothing but merely regulatory function and manned with useless people. In India to be very frank we are yet to make the other functions in the organisation realise the importance of the HR function and having a full fledged Human Resource department.
As we all know along with capital and technology, labour is also an important factor of production of goods and services. The HR department which controls this important factor should be seen as a strategic unit contributing to the success of business. The HR professionals have to take the initiative to establish themselves as core business professionals and make the other departments realise the importance of HR function.
How to do it ?
The exercise should first start by assessing the current standing of the HR department in the organisation. It can be done in the following manner.
Consulting peers and other members of the customer departments to know the following :
Conducting an internal study within the HR department to assess the following :
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