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th edition 10 A Handbook ofHUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PRACT ICE Michael Armstrong HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PRACTICEA Handbook of Michael ArmstrongHUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PRACTICE A Handbook of 10TH EDITION British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data A CIP record for this book is available from the British Library. ISBN 0 7494 4631 5Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataArmstrong, Michael, 1928- A handbook of human resource management practice/Michael Armstrong.–10th ed.p.cm.
PART II HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PROCESSES7 Strategic HRM113 The concept of strategy 113; Strategic HRM defined 115; Aims of strategic HRM 116; Approaches to strategic HRM 117; Implementingstrategic HRM 121 8 HR strategies123 HR strategies defined 123; Purpose 124; The distinction between strategic HRM and HR strategies 124; Types of HR strategies 124;Criteria for an effective HR strategy 129 ❚Contents vii 9 Developing and implementing HR strategies 131 Propositions about the development process 132; Levels of strategic decision-making 132; Strategic options and choices 133; Approachesto HR strategy development 134; Methodology for strategy development 140; Conducting a strategic review 141; Setting out thestrategy 143; Implementing HR strategies 143 10 HRM policies147 What human resource policies are 147; Why have HR policies 147; Do policies need to be formalized? 148; HR policy areas 148; FormulatingHR policies 156; Implementing HR policies 157 11 Competency-based HRM159 Types of competencies 160; Competency frameworks 161; Reasons for using competencies 163; Coverage of competencies 164; Use ofcompetencies 165; Developing a competency framework 167; Defining technical competencies 169; Keys to success in using competencies 169;Emotional intelligence 170 12 Knowledge management173 Knowledge management defined 174; The concept of knowledge 175;The purpose and significance of knowledge management 176;Approaches to knowledge management 176; Knowledge management systems 178; Knowledge management issues 178; The contribution ofHR to knowledge management 180 13 Analysing roles, competencies and skills 181 Role analysis 187; Competency analysis 193; Skills analysis 198
PART III WORK AND EMPLOYMENT
14 The nature of work205 What is work? 205; Theories about work 206; Organizational factors affecting work 208; Changing patterns of work 210; Unemployment 212;Attitudes to work 212; Job-related well-being 212 ❚viii Contents 15 The employment relationship215 The employment relationship defined 215; Nature of the employment relationship 215; Basis of the employment relationship 217; Defining theemployment relationship 217; Significance of the employment relationship concept 218; Changes in the employment relationship 218;Managing the employment relationship 218; Trust and the employment relationship 220 16 The psychological contract225 The psychological contract defined 225; The significance of the psychological contract 227; The nature of the psychological contract 228;How psychological contracts develop 229; The changing nature of the psychological contract 231; The state of the psychological contract 233;Developing and maintaining a positive psychological contract 234; The state of the psychological contract 2004 235
PART IV ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOUR17 Characteristics of people239 Individual differences 239; Attitudes 244; Influences on behaviour at work 244; Attribution theory – how we make judgements aboutpeople 245; Orientation to work 246; Roles 247; Implications for HR specialists 248 18 Motivation251 The process of motivation 252; Types of motivation 253; Motivation theory 254; Instrumentality theory 254; Content (needs) theory 255;Process theory 258; Herzberg’s two-factor model 262; The relationship between motivation, job satisfaction and money 263; Job satisfaction 264;Motivation and money 267; Motivation strategies 268 19 Organizational commitment and engagement 271 The concepts of commitment and engagement 271; Organizational commitment 273; Influences on commitment and employeesatisfaction 279; Engagement 281 ❚Contents ix 20 How organizations function283 Basic considerations 283; Organization theories 283; Organization structure 288; Types of organization 289; Organizational processes 292 21 Organizational culture303 Definitions 303; The significance of culture 305; How organizational culture develops 306; The diversity of culture 306; The components ofculture 307; Classifying organizational culture 309; Assessing organizational culture 311; Measuring organizational climate 312;Appropriate cultures 313; Supporting and changing cultures 314 PART V ORGANIZATION, DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT 22 Organization design319 The process of organizing 319; Aim 320; Conducting organization reviews 321; Organization analysis 321; Organization diagnosis 322;Organization planning 324; Responsibility for organization design 325 23 Job design and role development327 Jobs and roles 327; Factors affecting job design 328; Job design 330; Job enrichment 332; Self-managing teams 333; High-performance workdesign 334; Role development 334 24 Organizational development, change and transformation 337 What is organizational development? 337; Organization development 338; Change management 343; Organizationaltransformation 352; Development and change processes 355 PART VI PEOPLE RESOURCING People resourcing defined 359; People resourcing and HRM 359; Plan 361 25 Human resource planning363 The role of human resource planning 363; Aims of human resource planning 368; The process of human resource planning 368; Resourcingstrategy 371; Scenario planning 372; Estimating future human resource requirements 373; Labour turnover 375; Action planning 382; Thecontribution of HR to human resource planning 388 ❚x Contents 26 Talent management389 Talent management defined 390; The elements of talent management 390; Creating a great place to work 394; Attractionstrategies 395; Retention strategies 397; Career management 399;Talent management for knowledge workers 407; Talent management in practice 407 27 Recruitment and selection409 The recruitment and selection process 409; Defining requirements 409;Attracting candidates 414; Advertising 416; E-recruitment 420;Outsourcing recruitment 423; Educational and training establishments 424; Application forms 425; Sifting applications 425;Selection methods 429; Types of interviews 430; Assessment centres 430;Graphology 431; Choice of selection methods 432; Improving the effectiveness of recruitment and selection 432; References,qualifications and offers 434; Final stages 436 28 Selection interviewing439 Purpose 439; Advantages and disadvantages of interviews 440;The nature of an interview 441; Interviewing arrangements 442;Preparation 443; Timing 444; Planning and structuring interviews 444;Interviewing approaches 445; Interview techniques – starting and finishing 450; Interviewing techniques – asking questions 450; Selectioninterviewing skills 457; Coming to a conclusion 458; Dos and don’ts of selection interviewing 459 29 Selection tests461 Psychological tests: definition 461; Purpose of psychological tests 461;Characteristics of a good test 462; Types of test 463; Interpreting test results 467; Choosing tests 468; The use of tests in a selectionprocedure 468 30 Introduction to the organization471 Induction defined 471; Why taking care about induction is important 472;Reception 473; Documentation 474; Company induction – initial briefing 475; Introduction to the workplace 475; Formal inductioncourses 476; On-the-job induction training 477 ❚Contents xi
31 Release from the organization479 General considerations 479; Redundancy 482; Outplacement 485;Dismissal 487; Voluntary leavers 490; Retirement 490
PART VII PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT32 The basis of performance management 495 Performance management defined 495; Aims of performance management 496; Characteristics of performance management 496;Understanding performance management 497; Guiding principles of performance management 499; Performance appraisal and performancemanagement 500; Views on performance management 500 33 The process of performance management 503 Performance management as a process 503; Performance management as a cycle 503; Performance agreements 504; Managing performancethroughout the year 508; Reviewing performance 509; Rating performance 512; Dealing with under-performers 515; Introducingperformance management 517 34 360-degree feedback521 360-degree feedback defined 521; Use of 360-degree feedback 522;Rationale for 360-degree feedback 523; 360-degree feedback – methodology 524; Development and implementation 526; 360-degreefeedback – advantages and disadvantages 527; 360-degree feedback – criteria for success 528
PART VIII HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT35 Strategic human resource development 533 Strategic HRD defined 533; Strategic HRD aims 534; Components ofHRD 534; HRD and HRM 535; The process of learning and development 535; Strategies for HRD 536; Human resource developmentphilosophy 537 36 Organizational learning and the learning organization 539 Organizational learning 540; The learning organization 543 ❚xii Contents 37 How people learn549 Learning defined 549; The learning process 550; Learning theory 550;Learning styles 552; Learning to learn 554; The learning curve 554; The motivation to learn 555; The implications of learning theory andconcepts 556 38 Learning and development559 Learning 559; Development 570; Training 575 39 E-learning583 What is e-learning? 583; Aim of e-learning 584; The technology of e-learning 584; The e-learning process 585; The business case fore-learning 586; Developing e-learning processes 588 40 Management development591 Aims of management development 592; Management development: needs and priorities 592; The requirements, nature and elements ofmanagement development 593; Management development activities 594;Approaches to management development 596; Emotional intelligence and leadership qualities 602; Responsibility for managementdevelopment 603 41 Formulating and implementing learning and development strategies 607 Making the business case 607; Developing a learning culture 609;Identifying learning needs 610; Planning and implementing learning and development programmes 612; Evaluation of learning 615
PART IX REWARDING PEOPLE
42 Reward management623 Reward management defined 623; The aims of reward management 624;The philosophy of reward management 624; The elements of reward management 625; Total reward 629; Reward management for directorsand executives 634; Reward management for sales staff 636; Paying manual workers 636 ❚Contents xiii 43 Strategic reward643 Reward strategy defined 643; Why have a reward strategy? 644; The structure of reward strategy 644; The content of reward strategy 645;Guiding principles 649; Developing reward strategy 649; Components of an effective reward strategy 651; Reward strategy priorities 652;Examples of reward strategies 653; Implementing reward strategy 656;Reward strategy and line management capability 657 44 Job evaluation659 Job evaluation defined 660; Analytical job evaluation 660; Non-analytical job evaluation 664; The incidence of job evaluation 666; Computer-assisted job evaluation 667; Criteria for choice 668; The case for and against job evaluation 671; Designing a point-factor job evaluationscheme 672; Conclusions 679 45 Market rate analysis681 Purpose 681; The concept of the market rate 681; The information required 682; Job matching 682; Presentation of data 683; Sources ofinformation 683 46 Grade and pay structures689 Grade structure defined 689; Pay structure defined 690; Guiding principles for grade and pay structures 690; Types of grade and paystructure 691; Designing grade and pay structures 698 47 Contingent pay707 Contingent pay defined 708; The incidence of contingent pay 708; The nature of individual contingent pay 709; Individual contingent pay as amotivator 709; Arguments for and against individual contingent pay 710;Alternatives to individual contingent pay 712; Criteria for success 713;Performance-related pay 713; Competence-related pay 714;Contribution-related pay 716; Skill-based pay 718; Service-related pay 720; Choice of approach 721; Readiness for individual contingentpay 721; Developing and implementing individual contingent pay 724;Team-based pay 724; Organization-wide schemes 725 ❚xiv Contents 48 Employee benefits, pensions and allowances 729 Employee benefits 729; Occupational pension schemes 731; Allowances and other payments to employees 734 49 Managing reward systems737 Reward budgets and forecasts 737; Evaluating the reward system 739;Conducting pay reviews 740; Control 744; Reward procedures 745;Responsibility for reward 746; Communicating to employees 748 PART X EMPLOYEE RELATIONS Employee relations defined 751; Plan 752 50 The framework of employee relations 753 The elements of employee relations 754; Industrial relations as a system of rules 754; Types of regulations and rules 755; Collectivebargaining 756; The unitary and pluralist views 758; The reconciliation of interests 759; Individualism and collectivism 759; Voluntarism and itsdecline 759; The HRM approach to employee relations 761; The context of industrial relations 762; Developments in industrial relations 763; Theparties to industrial relations 766; Role of the HR function in employee relations 771 51 Employee relations processes773 Employee relations policies 774; Employee relations strategies 778;Employee relations climate 779; Union recognition and de-recognition 781; Collective bargaining arrangements 783; Informalemployee relations processes 788; Other features of the industrial relations scene 789; Managing with trade unions 791; Managingwithout trade unions 792 52 Negotiating and bargaining795 The nature of negotiating and bargaining 795; Negotiating 796;Negotiating and bargaining skills 803 ❚Contents xv 53 Employee voice807 The concept of employee voice 807; Involvement and participation 808;Purposes of employee voice 808; The framework for employee voice 808;Expression of employee voice 809; Factors affecting choice 810; Forms of employee voice 810; Joint consultation 811; Attitude surveys 812;Suggestion schemes 814; Planning for voice 815 54 Communications817 Communication areas and objectives 819; Communications strategy 819;Communication systems 821
PART XI HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELFARE55 Health and safety829 Managing health and safety at work 830; The importance of health and safety in the workplace 830; Benefits of workplace healthand safety 831; Health and safety policies 832; Conducting risk assessments 833; Health and safety audits 836; Safety inspections 838;Occupational health programmes 838; Managing stress 839; Accident prevention 841; Measuring health and safety performance 841;Communicating the need for better health and safety practices 842;Health and safety training 843; Organizing health and safety 843 56 Welfare services845 Why provide welfare services? 845; What sort of welfare services? 847;Individual services 848; Group welfare services 851; Provision of employee welfare services 851; Internal counselling services 852;Employee assistance programmes 852
PART XII EMPLOYMENT AND HRM SERVICES
57 Employment practices
It refers to major developments in HR practice in thelast two to three years such as the development of the theory and practice of human capital management, talent management and approaches to learning and develop-ment, all covered in new or substantially revised chapters. It deals with the approaches and philosophiesthat affect how people are managed in organizations, the roles of the HR function and its members, and the special considerations that affect international people management.
1 Human resource management
The concept of HRM underpins all the activities described in this book, and the aim of this chapter is to provide a frameworkfor what follows by defining the concepts of HRM and an HR system, describing the various models of HRM and discussing its aims and characteristics. The chaptercontinues with a review of reservations about HRM and the relationship betweenHRM and personnel management and concludes with a discussion of the impact HRM can make on organizational performance.
HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT DEFINED
Human resource management is defined as a strategic and coherent approach to the management of an organization’s most valued assets – the people working there whoindividually and collectively contribute to the achievement of its objectives. Storey (1989) believes that HRM can be regarded as a ‘set of interrelated policies with an ideological and philosophical underpinning’.
HUMAN RESOURCE SYSTEM
Human resource management operates through human resource systems that bring ● together in a coherent way: HR philosophies describing the overarching values and guiding principles adopted● in managing people.● HR strategies defining the direction in which HRM intends to go. HR processes consisting of the formal procedures and methods used to put HR● strategic plans and policies into effect.● HR practices comprising the informal approaches used in managing people.
MODELS OF HRM
This framework isbased on the belief that the problems of historical personnel management can only be solved: when general managers develop a viewpoint of how they wish to see employees involved in and developed by the enterprise, and of what HRM policies and practicesmay achieve those goals. Beer and his colleagues believed that ‘Today, many pressures are demanding a broader, more comprehensive and more strategic perspective with regard to the orga-nization’s human resources.’ These pressures have created a need for: ‘A longer-term perspective in managing people and consideration of people as potential assets ratherthan merely a variable cost.’ They were the first to underline the HRM tenet that it belongs to line managers.
AIMS OF HRM
It also means engaging in talent management – the process of acquiring and nurturing talent, wherever it is and wherever it is needed, by using a number of inter-dependent HRM policies and practices in the fields of resourcing, learning and devel- opment, performance management and succession planning. ❚ Meeting diverse needs HRM aims to develop and implement policies that balance and adapt to the needs of its stakeholders and provide for the management of a diverse workforce, taking intoaccount individual and group differences in employment, personal needs, work style and aspirations and the provision of equal opportunities for all.
POLICY GOALS OF HRM
The models of HRM, the aims set out above and other definitions of HRM have been distilled by Caldwell (2004) into 12 policy goals: 1. Managing people as assets that are fundamental to the competitive advantage of the organization.
CHARACTERISTICS OF HRM
It therefore views employees, in the words of Guest (1999a), as means rather than objects, but it does not go as far as following Kant’s advice: ‘Treat people as endsunto themselves rather than as means to an end.’ The soft approach to HRM stresses the need to gain the commitment – the ‘hearts and minds’ – of employees throughinvolvement, communications and other methods of developing a high-commitment, high-trust organization. Purcell (1993) thinks that ‘the adoption ofHRM is both a product of and a cause of a significant concentration of power in the hands of management’, while the widespread use ‘of the language of HRM, if not itspractice, is a combination of its intuitive appeal to managers and, more importantly, a response to the turbulence of product and financial markets’.
RESERVATIONS ABOUT HRM
Gratton et al (1999) are convinced on the basis of their research that there is: a disjunction between rhetoric and reality in the area of human resource management between HRM theory and HRM practice, between what the HR function says it is doingand that practice as perceived by employers, and between what senior management believes to be the role of the HR function, and the role it actually plays. However, it could be argued that if organizations exist to achieve ends, which they obviously do, and if those ends can only be achieved through people, which is clearlythe case, the concern of managements for commitment and performance from those people is not unnatural and is not attributable to the concept of HRM – it existed inthe good old days of personnel management before HRM was invented.
HRM AND PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT
It could indeed be no more and no less than another name for personnelmanagement, but as usually perceived, at least it has the virtue of emphasizing the virtue of treating people as a key resource, the management of which is the direct concern of ❚Human resource management 19top management as part of the strategic planning processes of the enterprise. HRM is a holistic approach concerned identical with regard to ‘respect for the with the total interests of the business –individual’, balancing organizational and the interests of the members of the individual needs, and developing people organization are recognized butto achieve their maximum level of subordinated to those of the enterprise.competence both for their own satisfaction 6.
HRM IN CONTEXT
Contingency theory is essentially about the need to achieve fit between what the organization is and wants to become (its strategy, culture, goals, technology, thepeople it employs and its external environment) and what the organization does (how it is structured, and the processes, procedures and practices it puts into effect). The challenge is to ensure that firms have the capability to find, assimilate, ❚Human resource management 27 compensate and retain human capital in the shape of the talented individuals they need who can drive a global organization that is both responsive to itscustomers and ‘the burgeoning opportunities of technology’.
2 Human capital management
It is considered in this chapter initially by defining the concept of human capital management and its relationship to the concept of human resource manage-ment. To understand HCM it is necessary to know about the concept of human capital, which is the next section heading.
HUMAN CAPITAL MANAGEMENT DEFINED
Scarborough and Elias (2002) believe that: ‘The concept of human capital is most usefully viewed as a bridging concept – that is, it defines the link between HR prac-tices and business performance in terms of assets rather than business processes.’They point out that human capital is to a large extent ‘non-standardized, tacit, dynamic, context dependent and embodied in people’. These characteristics make itdifficult to evaluate human capital bearing in mind that the ‘features of human capital that are so crucial to firm performance are the flexibility and creativity of indi-viduals, their ability to develop skills over time and to respond in a motivated way to different contexts’.
HUMAN CAPITAL MEASUREMENT
Reasons for the interest in measurement The recognized importance of achieving human capital advantage has led to an interest in the development of methods of measuring the value of that capital for the● following reasons:Human capital constitutes a key element of the market worth of a company. The process of identifying measures and collecting and analysing information relating to them will focus the attention of the organization on what needs to be● done to find, keep, develop and make the best use of its human capital.
HUMAN CAPITAL REPORTING
This means that itshould normally include details on the size and composition of the workforce, employee retention and motivation, skills, competencies and training, remuneration andfair employment practice, and leadership and succession planning. The core of the roadmap is the five areas of focus which drive businessperformance that are supported by key people processes and interventions.
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3 Role of the HR function
The IRS survey of HR roles and responsibilities (IRS, 2004b) found that HR func- tions were spending 20 per cent of their time on strategic activities, 40 per cent onadministration, 30 per cent on providing a consultancy service, and 10 per cent on other activities. ● This chapter deals with: ● the overall role of the function; ● the role of HR in facilitating and managing change; ● variations in practice; ❚ ● ● marketing the function; ● preparing, justifying and protecting the HR budget; ● outsourcing; ● the provision of shared services; ● the use of external consultants; evaluating the HR function.
THE OVERALL ROLE OF THE HR FUNCTION
The HR function can play a major part in the creation of anenvironment that enables people to make the best use of their capacities and to realize their potential to the benefit of both the organization and themselves. training, employee relations, compensation packages and so on are not merely operational issues for the personnel department; they are crucially concernedwith the way in which employees relate to the nature and direction of the firm and as such they can both block strategic change and be significant facilitators of strategicchange.
VARIATIONS IN THE PRACTICE OF HR
Adams (1991) has identified four approaches to the role of the function, each of which can be seen as representing a ‘kind of scale of increasing degrees of external-ization, understood as the application of market forces to the delivery of HR activi- ties’: 1. The approach to the provision of services and their externalization will vary between different organizations because of contextual factors such as the way inwhich the business is organized and the type of people employed, the values and beliefs of top management about the need for HR and the extent to which it will makea contribution to the ‘bottom line’, and the reputation and credibility of the HR func- tion.
ORGANIZING THE HR FUNCTION
There are, therefore, no absolute rules for organizing the HR function, but current ● practice suggests that the following guidelines should be taken into account:The head of the function should report directly to the chief executive and should be on the board, or at least be a member of the senior management or leadershipteam, in order to contribute to the formulation of corporate strategies and play a full part in the formulation and integration of HR strategies and policies. The function will be organized in accordance with the level of support and services it is required to give and the range of activities that need to be catered for, ❚Role of the HR function 59 which could include resourcing, management development, training, reward management, employee relations, knowledge management and HR services insuch areas as health and safety, welfare, HR information systems and employ- ment matters generally.
MARKETING THE HR FUNCTION
First, it is necessary to understand the needs of the business and its critical success factors – where the business is going, how it intends to get there and what are thethings that are going to make the difference between success and failure. This means spelling out its costs and benefits,covering the financial and human resources required to develop, introduce and main- tain it, and the impact it will make on the performance of the business.
OUTSOURCING HR WORK
Selection should take into account the degree to which the tender meets the specification, thequality and reputation of the firm and the cost (this is an important consideration but not the only one – the level of service that will be provided is critical). The legal implications of outsourcing are that it will be based on a service contract and the purchaser of the services has the right to insist that the terms of thecontract are fulfilled.
SHARED HR SERVICES
The term ‘shared services’ refers to the central provision of HR services that are avail- able to a number of parties and are therefore the same for all those who take them up. The nature of the services is determined by both the provider and the user.
USING MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS
They also provide outside help and guidance to their clientsby advising on the introduction of new systems or procedures or by going through processes of analysis and diagnosis in order to produce recommendations or to assistgenerally in the improvement of organizational performance. If that is the case, all the aggrieved client who sues woulddo is to bankrupt them, which may give the client some satisfaction but could be a Role of the HR function❚ 65 ❚ somewhat pointless exercise.
EVALUATING THE HR FUNCTION
Huselid et al (1997) believe that HR effectiveness has two dimensions: 1) strategic HRM – the delivery of services in a way that supports the implementation of the firm’s strategy; and 2) technical HRM – the delivery of HR basics such as recruitment, compensation and benefits. HR service levels and outcomes: time to fill vacancies, time to respond to applicants, ratio of acceptances to offers made, cost of replies to advertisements, training days per employee, time to respond to and settle grievances, measurableimprovements in organizational performance as a result of HR practices, ratio ofHR costs to total costs, ratio of HR staff to employees, the achievement of speci- fied goals.
4 The role of the HR practitioner
This chapter is concerned with what HR professionals do and how they do it, bearing in mind the comment of Boxall and Purcell (2003) that ‘HRM does not belong to HRspecialists’. This chapter starts with an analysis of the basic roles and activities of HR profes- sionals and of the various models of these roles.
THE BASIC ROLES
The roles of HR practitioners vary widely according to the extent to which they are generalist (eg, HR director or HR manager), or specialist (eg, head of learning anddevelopment, head of talent management, or head of reward), the level at which they work (strategic, executive or administrative) the needs of the organization, thecontext within which they work and their own capabilities. Across these dimensions, the change agent roles that Caldwell suggests can be carried out by HR professionals are those of change champions, change adapters, ❚The role of the HR practitioner 75 Gratton (2000) stresses the need for HR practitioners to: ‘Understand the state of the company, the extent of the embedding of processes and structures throughout the organization, and the behaviour and attitudes of individual employees’.
MODELS OF THE PRACTITIONERS OF HR
Ulrich, in conjunction with Brockbank, reformulated the 1997 model in 2005, listing the following roles: ●Employee advocate – focuses on the needs of today’s employees through listening, understanding and empathizing.● Human capital developer – in the role of managing and developing human capital (individuals and teams), focuses on preparing employees to be successful in the future. Gaining the support and commitment of employees When it comes to new employment practices, employees generally react in exactly the same way as managers: they will tend to resist change, wanting to know, ‘What’sin it for us?’ They also want to know the hidden agenda – why is the company really wanting to introduce a performance management process?
Professional conduct The CIPD Code of Professional Conduct states that: In the public interest and in the pursuit of its objects, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development is committed to the highest possible standards of professional● conduct and competency. If redundancies are inevitable as a result of business-led ‘slimming down’ or ‘taking costs out of the busi-ness’ processes, they must ensure that the organization takes whatever steps it can to mitigate detrimental effects by, for example, relying primarily on natural wastage andvoluntary redundancy or, if people have to go involuntarily, doing whatever they can to help them find other jobs (outplacement).
PROFESSIONALISM IN HRM
This should be accompanied by a sense of responsibility and an acceptance ofrecognized standards.● A ‘profession’ may be identified on the basis of the following criteria: ● skills based on theoretical knowledge; ● the provision of training and education; ● a test of the competence of members administered by a professional body; a formal professional organization that has the power to regulate entry to the● profession; a professional code of conduct. If a profession is defined rigidly as a body of people who possess a particular area of competence, who control entry so that only members of the association can prac-tise in that area, who unequivocally adopt the ‘service ethic’ and who are recognized by themselves and others as belonging to a profession, then HR practitioners are notstrictly working in a profession.
AMBIGUITIES IN THE ROLE OF HR PRACTITIONERS
The activities and roles of HR specialists and the demands made upon them as described above appear to be quite clear cut but, in Thurley’s (1981) words, HR prac-titioners can be ‘specialists in ambiguity’. For example, Mackay and Torrington (1986) suggested that:‘Personnel management is never identified with management interests, as it becomes ineffective when not able to understand and articulate the aspirations of the work-force.’ In complete contrast, Tyson and Fell (1986) believe that: ❚ Classical personnel management has not been granted a position in decision-making circles because it has frequently not earned one.
CONFLICT IN THE HR CONTRIBUTION
Strategic capability (1) Seeks involvement in business strategy formulation and contributesto the development of the strategy, (2) contributes to the development for the business of a clear vision and a set of integrated values, (3)develops and implements coherent HR strategies which are aligned to the business strategy and integrated with one another, (4) understandsthe importance of human capital measurement, introduces measurement systems and ensures that good use is made of them. Organizational (1) Contributes to the analysis and diagnosis of people issues and effectiveness proposes practical solutions, (2) helps to develop resource capability byensuring that the business has the skilled, committed and engaged workforce it needs, (3) helps to develop process capability by influencingthe design of work systems to make the best use of people, (4) contributes to the development of knowledge management processes.
5 Understanding of the Strategy, organization, competitors, finance, marketing, sales, business operations and IT
That is, their central task is to be knowledgeable and competent in their various fields and to be ableto move beyond compliance to provide a critique of organizational policies and proce- dures and to advise on how organizations should develop in the future. This concept can be interpreted as meaning that HR professionals have to think care- fully about what they are doing in the context of their organization and within theframework of a recognized body of knowledge, and they have to perform effectively in the sense of delivering advice, guidance and services which will help the organiza-tion to achieve its strategic goals.
5 Role of the front-line manager
Front-line managers are crucial to the success of HR policies and practices. It continues with an examination of the respective roles of HR and line management and a discussion of the line manager’s role in imple-menting HR.
THE BASIC ROLE
Front-line managers as defined by Hutchinson and Purcell (2003) are managers who are responsible for a work group to a higher level of management hierarchy, and areplaced in the lower layers of the management hierarchy, normally at the first level. They tend to have employees reporting to them who themselves do not have any management or supervisory responsibility and are responsible for the day-to-dayrunning of their work rather than strategic matters.
THE LINE MANAGER AND PEOPLE MANAGEMENT
It is necessary to reconcile what might be called the ‘functional control’ aspects of an HR specialist’s role (achieving the consistent application of policies and acting asthe guardian of the organization’s values concerning people) and the role of providing services, support and, as necessary, guidance to managers, without issuingcommands or relieving them of their responsibilities. The latter therefore have to stand off sometimes and say, in effect, ‘That’s your problem.’ How HR and the line work together Research into HR management and the line conducted by the IPD (Hutchinson and ● Wood, 1995) produced the following findings:Most organizations reported a trend towards greater line management responsi- bility for HR management without it causing any significant tension between HR● and the line.
6 International HRM
INTERNATIONAL HRM DEFINED
An international firm is one in which operations take place in subsidiaries over- seas, which rely on the business expertise or manufacturing capacity of the parentcompany. Theirsubsidiaries are not subject to rigid control except over the quality and presentation of the product or service.
ISSUES IN INTERNATIONAL HRM
Bartlett and Goshal (1991) argue that the main issue for multinational companies is ❚100 Managing people the need to manage the challenges of global efficiency and multinational flexibility –‘the ability of an organization to manage the risks and exploit the opportunities that arise from the diversity and volatility of the global environment’. Yet, and in order to be effective locally, they also need to adapt those ways to the specific cultural requirements of different societies.
INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONAL MODELS
Decentralized federation in which each national unit is managed as a separate entity that seeks to optimize its performance in the local environment. Coordinated federation in which the centre develops sophisticated management systems enabling it to maintain overall control, although scope is given to localmanagement to adopt practices that recognize local market conditions.
CONVERGENCE AND DIVERGENCE
Brewster (2004) believes that convergence may be increasing as a result of the power of the markets, the importance of cost, quality and productivity pressures,the emergence of transaction cost economies and the development of like-minded international cadres. Brewster (2004) concludes on the basis of his research that there is some conver- gence in Europe in the general direction of developments (directional convergence)such as the decreasing size of the HR function, increases in training and development and the increasing provision of information about strategy and finances.
Harris et al (2003) provide the following instance of cultural differences: A performance management system based on openness between manager and subordi- nate, each explaining plainly how they feel the other has done well or badly in the job,may work in some European countries, but is unlikely to fit with the greater hierarchical assumptions and ‘loss of face’ fears of some of the Pacific countries. Brewster (1999) comments that the ‘universalistic’ approach to HRM prevalent in the USA is rejected in Europe where the basic functions of HRM are given different ❚104 Managing people weights between countries and are carried out differently.
THINK GLOBALLY AND ACT LOCALLY
The cultural differences mentioned above have produced the slogan ‘think globally and act locally’. being able to determine core activities and non-core activities;2.
INTERNATIONAL HR POLICIES
The advantages of employing local● nationals are that they: are familiar with local markets, the local communities, the cultural setting and the● local economy; ● speak the local language and are culturally assimilated; can take a long-term view and contribute for a long period (as distinct from expa-● triates who are likely to take a short-term perspective); do not take the patronizing (neo-colonial) attitude that expatriates sometimesadopt. Preparation policy The preparation policy for overseas assignments should include the provision of cultural familiarization for the country(ies) in which the expatriate will work (some-times called ‘acculturization’), the preferred approach to leading and working in ❚International HRM 107 Training Tarique and Calligiri (1995) propose that the following steps should be taken to design a training programme for expatriates: 1.
7 Strategic HRM
This characteristic is expressed by the concept of strategic HRM – an inte-grated approach to the development of HR strategies that enable the organization to achieve its goals. To understand the notion of strategic HRM it is necessary to appre-ciate the concept of strategy upon which it is based, and this is considered in the first section of the chapter.
THE CONCEPT OF STRATEGY
Strategy has been defined by Johnson and Scholes (1993) as: ’The direction and scope of an organization over the longer term, which ideally matches its resources to itschanging environment, and in particular, to its markets, customers and clients to meet stakeholder expectations.’ Strategy determines the direction in which the organization is going in relation to its environment. As expressed in the Professional Standards of the CIPD, this means the capacity to create an achievable vision for the future, to foresee longer-term developments, to envisage options (and their probable consequences), to select sound courses of action, to rise above the day-to-day detail, to challenge the status quo.
STRATEGIC HRM DEFINED
Strategic HRM is an approach to making decisions on the intentions and plans of the organization in the shape of the policies, programmes and practices concerning theemployment relationship, resourcing, learning and development, performance management, reward, and employee relations. Strategic HRM and HR strategies Strategic HRM is an approach to the strategic management of human resources in accordance with the intentions of the organization on the future direction it wants totake.
AIMS OF STRATEGIC HRM
When examining the aims of strategic HRM it is necessary to consider the need forHR strategy to take into account the interests of all the stakeholders in the organiza- tion, employees in general as well as owners and management. The high-performance management approach High-performance working involves the development of a number of interrelated processes which together make an impact on the performance of the firm through itspeople in such areas as productivity, quality, levels of customer service, growth, profits and, ultimately, the delivery of increased shareholder value.
IMPLEMENTING STRATEGIC HRM
A high-performance approach will emphasize the importance of creating and maintaining a performance culture, and both high-commitment andhigh-involvement management will contribute to the development of a committed and engaged workforce. Strategic HRM involves the formulation and implementa-tion of specific strategies in each area of HRM as described in the next two chapters.
8 HR strategies
● Strategic HRM leads to the formulation of HR strategies. In this chapter: ● HR strategies are defined; ● the purpose of HR strategies is examined; ● the distinction is made between strategic HRM and HR strategies; ● types of HR strategies are described with examples; criteria for an effective HR strategy are given.
HR STRATEGIES DEFINED
Richardson and Thompson (1999) suggest that: A strategy, whether it is an HR strategy or any other kind of management strategy must have two key elements: there must be strategic objectives (ie things the strategy issupposed to achieve), and there must be a plan of action (ie the means by which it is proposed that the objectives will be met. Strategic HRM can be regarded as a general approach underpinned by a philos- ophy to the strategic management of human resources in accordance with the inten-tions of the organization on the future direction it wants to take.
TYPES OF HR STRATEGIES
● Reward – defining what the organization wants to do in the longer term to develop and implement reward policies, practices and processes that will further the achievement of its business goals and meet the needs of its stakeholders. ● Employee relations – defining the intentions of the organization about what needs to be done and what needs to be changed in the ways in which the organization manages its relationships with employees and their trade unions.
CRITERIA FOR AN EFFECTIVE HR STRATEGY
In particular, it: ● will satisfy business needs; ● is founded on detailed analysis and study, not just wishful thinking; can be turned into actionable programmes that anticipate implementation● requirements and problems; is coherent and integrated, being composed of components that fit with and● support each other; takes account of the needs of line managers and employees generally as well asthose of the organization and its other stakeholders. As Boxall and Purcell (2003) emphasize: ‘HR planning should aim to meet the needs of the key stakeholdergroups involved in people management in the firm.’ Here is a comment from a chief executive (Peabody Trust) on what makes a good HR strategy: A good strategy is one which actually makes people feel valued.
9 Developing and implementing
It leads to the formulation of HR strategies that first define whatan organization intends to do in order to attain defined goals in overall human resource management policy and in particular areas of HR process and practice, andsecondly set out how they will be implemented. It is also necessary to stress that coherent and integrated HR strategies are only likely to be developed if the top team understands and acts upon the strategic imperativesassociated with the employment, development and motivation of people.
LEVELS OF STRATEGIC DECISION-MAKING
Ideally, the formulation of HR strategies is conceived as a process, which is closely aligned to the formulation of business strategies. It can indeed be argued that HR strategies, like other functional strategies such as product development, manufacturing and the introduction of new technology, willbe developed within the context of the overall business strategy, but this need not imply that HR strategies come third in the pecking order.