Human Resources in a Changing Society: Balancing Compliance and Development

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With compliance now its main goal, human resource management has become a hodgepodge of unconnected functions and tasks. Williams argues persuasively that lost in the day-to-day effort is another, equally important goal: employee and organizational development. One result is that human resource management has lost credibility as a profession and in its own way, much like many of the organizations it serves, has become dysfuntional. To correct this imbalance—compliance over development—and in fact to salvage the ...

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Overview

With compliance now its main goal, human resource management has become a hodgepodge of unconnected functions and tasks. Williams argues persuasively that lost in the day-to-day effort is another, equally important goal: employee and organizational development. One result is that human resource management has lost credibility as a profession and in its own way, much like many of the organizations it serves, has become dysfuntional. To correct this imbalance—compliance over development—and in fact to salvage the HR profession itself Williams challenges HR people to abandon their search for power and money in organizational life, and instead to redirect their efforts to helping, truly helping, employees realize their potential in organizational settings. With surveys, checklists, advice, and revealing anecdotes drawn from his own extensive academic and consulting experiences, Williams provides a provocative, controversial analysis of the new crisis in human resource management, and a workable set of strategies to help HR professionals emerge from it.

Williams begins by calling the human resource function a bogged-down process. He identifies the problems this causes, and articulates a need for a new set of synergistic processes that will pull HR people out of the past and into the future he envisions for them. In Part II he digs into specific strategies to accomplish the HR makeover. He identifies a new role for HR, traces a process of change, and illustrates the effects of technological advances on the entire HR restrategizing effort. Part III tells HR professionals how to do it. In what he calls a series of workshop chapters, Williams helps HR people reassess their position in their own organizations, determine whether they are on the wrong paths and if so how to get off them, and then provides ways to reinstate the development function to its rightful place as equal in importance to compliance.

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Challenges human-resource professionals to break out of their obsession with such matters as test scores, compliance with union and government regulations, and corporate strategies, and start paying more attention to the employee and organizational development. Examines the problems and how they developed, and suggests how professionals can nudge their organizations into approaches and strategies that will encourage improvement. Includes sample questionnaires. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780899308814
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/30/1995
  • Pages: 224
  • Lexile: 1290L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

LLOYD C. WILLIAMS is president of Dr. Lloyd C. Williams, Consultants, an individual and organizational assessment and development human resource management consulting firm in Oakland, California.

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Table of Contents

Figures and Tables
Foreword
Preface
Introduction
1 The Bogged Down Process: Human Resources as a Tangled Web 3
2 The Imbalances in Human Resources: Problems with the Web 13
3 Creating a Synergistic Process: The Challenge to Change 21
4 A Look at Ineffective Human Resource Management: Gazing into Our Past and Present 39
5 The Search for Blended Skills - Describing the Balance in Compliance and Development: The New Role of Human Resources 49
6 The Process of Change: How an Organization Prepares for the Future 61
7 Restructuring Human Resource Functions: Putting Thoughts and Words into Action 69
8 Embracing Technological Advances 77
9 A Step-by-Step Approach to Human Resources Culture Change 87
10 A Workshop for Change: Walking the Path toward Development and Compliance 101
11 A Case Study in Culture Change: Creating a New Human Resources Department 149
12 The Courage to Be: Embracing Compliance and Development in a Human Resources Department 161
Appendix: Human Resource Changes for the Twenty-First Century: A Qualitative Research Study 181
Bibliography 193
Index 195
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