Business And Management Tips: Managing People, Human Resource Management

Human resource management (HR) or personnel management as it used to be termed, is the name given to the business function charged with maximizing the productivity and profitability of an organization by optimizing the effectiveness of its employees. Formal systems are used for the management of a company’s human resources or people.
This business function is considered more prominent now as we become aware of the importance of employee motivation, satisfaction and contribution to the performance of the business.

The HR manager is usually responsible for recruitment, employee compensation packages and job descriptions. They will specify working practices, pay, and conditions of employment and negotiate with external agencies the company may work with on employment matters.

They will hire staff, retain them and develop them to reach their potential so that they contribute the maximum to the organisation. They will be tasked with planning the company’s future staffing needs, ensuring the right balance of staff is employed with the appropriate skills and experience to develop the company, selecting the right person to fill job vacancies, negotiating salary and benefits packages and incentives, planning and managing induction and training, analysing jobs, running performance management schemes, resolving disputes, and communicating with staff.

They will cover all employee related matters, everything from daily record keeping to handing disputes that could lead to employee tribunals.

There are a number of specialist disciplines within HR, designed to optimise staff performance for the organisation. They include safety, diversity, reward packages, employee relations, employment law, organisation development and design, and learning and development and performance management.
In smaller companies, the HR manager may handle all of those matters. In larger organizations, each specialty may have its own HR officer.

Responsibilities range from administrative all the way through to executive, with staff liaising at all levels of the organisation.

HR strategy
The HR manager needs to have a good understanding of the business, its objectives and future plans so they can align HR policies to ensure the right staff are in place to achieve goals and objectives. Continue reading Business And Management Tips: Managing People, Human Resource Management

Build An Effective LinkedIn Profile


A LinkedIn profile is an effective tool in your armoury. It helps to build an online network, and this will be useful in many ways, not just job search, but also to extend your reach, develop new contacts who you may do business with.

Here are some simple steps to follow.

  1. The first thing you need to do is upload a photograph. This helps people to recognise and remember you. A close head and shoulders shot , similar to a passport photo, but perhaps a little more relaxed , looks most professional.
  2. Develop your headline. You only have 120 characters, and you will insert your job title further down in current position, so don’t do that here. Words in the profile will be searched for, so use brief, descriptive, powerful words. So rather than Commercial Director, Smith Retail Stores, say Commercial Retail Expert.

  3. List your current position and ideally at least two previous positions. Use the same descriptive words as in your headline if possible .Describe your role for each position. This enables colleagues from former positions to locate and contact you.

  4. Complete the summary section of your profile. Write this in the third person to avoid using” I” repeatedly .Describe who you are, what you do and how you help people. Look at other people s entries to help get you started. Choose some you like and find powerful and emulate them.

  5. Fill in the specialities section. These are terms that will show up in search results, so this is a bit like choosing keyword for SEO –don’t use words that describe what you do. Instead choose search terms that you think people in your target market might use to find you, or search for background, experience, products and services. Words that describe your skills and expertise. E.g. for a retail background I might use, sourcing, negotiating, range development, product management, category management, Buying.
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