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PONDICHERRY UNIVERSITY (A Central University) DIRECTORATE OF DISTANCE EDUCATION MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION First Year – II Semester Paper Code: MBAC2003 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (Common to all MBA Programs)Authors Dr. S. Balakrishnan Professor of Commerce (Retd.) Dept. of Commerce Annamalai Universtiy Chidambaram. G. Shankar Asst. Professor Dept. of Social Work Loyola College Chennai. Dr. K. Uthayasuriyan Professor Department of International Business & Commerce Alagappa University Karaikudi. © All Rights are Reserved For Private Circulation onlyTABLE OF CONTENTS UNIT PAGE NO. Unit - I HRM - An Overview 3 Unit - II Human Resource Planning 83 Unit - III Training and Development 149 Unit - IV Compensation and Productivity 193 Unit - V Industrial Relations 237MBA – II Semester Paper Code: MBAC 2003 PAPER – VIII Human Resources Management Objectives ӹ To understand and appreciate the importance of the human resources vis-a-vis other resources of the organisation ӹ To familiarize the students with methods and techniques of HRM ӹ To equip them with the application of the HRM tools in real world business situations. Unit-I Human Resources Management - Context and Concept of People Management in a Systems Perspective - Organisation and Functions of the HR and Personnel Department - HR Structure and Strategy; Role of Government and Personnel Environment including MNCs. Unit – II Recruitment and Selection - Human Resource Information System HRIS - Manpower Planning - Selection – Induction & Orientation - Performance and Potential Appraisal - Coaching and Mentoring - HRM issues and practices in the context of Outsourcing as a strategy . Unit-III Human Resources Development –Training and Development Methods - Design & Evaluation of T&D Programmes - Career Development - Promotions and Transfers - Personnel Empowerment including Delegation - Retirement and Other Separation Processes. 1Unit-IV Financial Compensation- -Productivity and Morale - Principal Compensation Issues & Management - Job Evaluation - Productivity, Employee Morale and Motivation - Stress Management - Quality of Work Life. Unit – V Building Relationships – Facilitating Legislative Framework - Trade Unions - Managing Conflicts - Disciplinary Process - Collective Bargaining - Workers Participation in Management - Concept, Mechanisms and Experiences. REFERENCES Venkata Ratnam C. S. & Srivatsava B. K.,PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT AND HUMAN RESOURCES, Tata Mc-Graw Hill, NewDelhi,, Aswathappa, HUMAN RESOURCE MANGEMENT, Tata McGraw Hill, NewDelhi, 2010 Garry Dessler & Varkkey, HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, Pearson, New Delhi, 2009 Alan Price, HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, Cengage Learning, NewDelhi, 2007 Pravin Durai, HUMAN RESOURCE MANGEMENT, Pearson, New Delhi,2010 Snell, Bohlander & Vohra, HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT, Cengage, NewDelhi, 2010 2UNIT – I Lesson 1 - HRM - An Overview Lesson Outline ӹ Nature of HRM ӹ Definition of HRM ӹ Development of HRM ӹ Environment of HRM learning objectives After reading this lesson you should be able to ӹ Understand the nature and scope of the HRM ӹ Define HRM ӹ Describe the development of HRM ӹ Detail the environment of HRM Introduction Men and resources are involved in all activities. Men were taken for granted for a long time. Greater accent was given to resources, production machinery and top managers. But during the last few decades, with modern large scale production of innumerable products for a wide market, the importance of human resources and their development has come to the fore. The importance of human resources to any organization need not be over-emphasized. Human resource is the wealth of a nation and an organisation. The development process is wide and varied. In this lesson, let us understand the importance and concept of Human Resources Management. (HRM). 3Human Resources In the general parlance, human resources are people and their characteristics at work either at the national level or organisational level. Megginson has defined human resources as follows: “From the national point of view, human resources are knowledge, skills, creative abilities, talents and attitudes obtained in the population; whereas from the viewpoint of the individual enterprise they represent the total of the inherent abilities, acquired knowledge and skills as exemplified in the talents and aptitudes of its employers” Sumantra Ghosal considers human resources as human capital. He classifies human capital into three categories – intellectual capital, social capital and emotional capital. Intellectual capital consists of specialized knowledge, tacit knowledge and skills, cognitive complexity and learning capacity. Social capital is made up of network of relationships, sociability, and trustworthiness. Emotional capital consists of self- confidence, ambition and courage, risk-bearing ability and resilience”. In simple words, HRM is a process of making the efficient and effective use of human resources so that the set goals are achieved. Definition of HRM According to Flippo, ‘Personnel Management, or say, human resources management is the planning, organizing, directing and controlling of the procurement, development, According to Flippo, ‘Personnel Management, or say, human resources management is the planning, organizing, directing and controlling of the procurement, development, compensation, integration, maintenance, and separation of human resources to the end that individual, organisational and social objectives are accomplished”. The National Institute of Personal Management (NIPM) of India has defined human resources – personal management as “that part of management which is concerned with people at work and with 4their relationship within an enterprise. Its aim is to bring together and develop into an effective organization of the men and women who make up enterprise and have regard for the well-being of the individuals and of working groups, to enable them to make their best contribution to its success”. According to Decenzo and Robbins, “HRM is concerned with the people dimension” in management. Since every organization is made up of people, acquiring their services, developing their skills, motivating them to higher levels of performance and ensuring that they continue to maintain their commitment to the organization is essential to achieve organisational objectives. This is true, regardless of the type of organization – government, business, education, health or social action”. HRM can be defined as a process of procuring, developing and maintaining competent resources in the organization so that goals of an organization are achieved in an effective and efficient manner. In other words HRM is an art of managing people at work in such a manner that they give best to the organisation. Significance of HRM Human resources are the most precious asset of an organization. They are the activators of non-human resources, means for developing competitive advantages and sources of creativity. Ghoshal outlines the role of HRM in managing an organization in the following lines. “Indian Companies have spruced up their strategic thinking; they have even moved a generation ahead with their organisations. But they still have managers who have been shaped by old models. They are essentially a group of first generation managers whose definitions of roles and tasks, personal skills and competencies, ideas and beliefs about management have been shaped by an earlier model. You cannot manage third generation strategies with second generation organizations and first generation managers to meet the needs of second generation organisations and third generation’s strategic thinking. The above view indicates the role of HRM in Indian industry. Significance of HRM can be viewed in three contexts; organizational, social and professional. 5Organizational significance i. Effective utilization of human resources to motivate them and to change their attitudes to work and the organization. ii. To develop personnel to meet the demands of the work effectively; and iii. To ensure proper recruitment and to retain the personnel in the organization so that right people are available. Social significance This aspect aims in achieving the need satisfaction of personnel in the organisation. It is often said that a happy worker is not only happy in his work place but also at home and in society also. Hence HRM seeks to achieve the following 1. Maintaining balance between jobs and job-seekers, taking into consideration job requirements, job seekers’ abilities and aptitudes 2. Providing most productive employment from which socio- psychological satisfaction can be derived. 3. Utilizing human capabilities effectively and matching with government rewards. 4. Eliminating wasteful organizational and individual practices. Professional Significance This aspect involves developing people and providing appropriate environment for effective utilization of their capabilities and involves the following. 1. Developing people on a continuous basis to meet the challenges of their jobs. 2. Maintaining the dignity of personnel at the work place. 63. Providing proper physical and social environment at the work place to create a congenial working atmosphere. Concept of HRM Human Resources are considered as a very important asset of any organisation and the nation as well. Other resources are of no avail without Human Resources. They can be made more effective and purposeful. There is no limit in their abilities and their abilities can be continuously improved with training, skill, attitude and additional scientific gadgets and machines. Concept of HRM borders on, 1. Men or personnel can do many wonderful things and take up any challenge. 2. They can be trained to do efficient work. 3. Necessary climate can be created to increase their efficiency. 4. Environment and their liberties can be increased to create a congenial atmosphere. Karen Legge has specified three elements of HRM as follows 1. Human resource policies should be integrated with strategic business planning and used to reinforce appropriate culture. 2. Human resources are valuable and a source of com-petitive advantage. 3. Human resources can be tapped most effectively by mutually consistent policies which promote commitment and foster a willingness in employees to act flexibly in the interest of the adaptive organsiation’s pursuit of excellence. John Storey has specified four elements of HRM as follows: 1. A set of beliefs and assumptions. 2. A strategic thrust embodying decisions about people management. 3. The central involvement of line management 74. Dependence upon a set of levers to determine the employment relationships Development of HRM Awareness regarding HRM was felt during the industrial revolution around 1850 in Western Europe and U.S.A. Only during the th beginning of 20 century, it was felt in India. Since then to the present era, the development of HRM may be classified as follows: Trade Union Movement Era The conditions of workers in the aftermath of factory system as an outcome of industrial revolution, were very pathetic. The first world war worsened the situation. The Royal Commission of Labour in India in 1911, under the chairmanship of J.H. Whitely, recommended the abolition of the ‘Jobber’ system and the appointment of labour officers in industrial enterprise to perform the recruitment function as well as to settle workers’ grievance. Workers also started forming ‘trade unions’. The Trade Union Act, 1926 was passed in India. The basic object underlying trade union was to safeguard the worker’s interest and to sort out their problems such as use of child labour, long hours of work and poor working conditions. These unions used strikes, slowdowns, walkouts, picketing, as weapons for the acceptance of their problems. These activities of trade unions gave rise to personnel practices such as collective bargaining, grievance handling system, arbitration, disciplinary practices, employee benefit programmes and sound wage structure. Social Responsibility Era th In the beginning of 20 century, some factory owners, employers started showing humanistic approach towards the workers. Robert Owen, a British industrialist, reformer and humanitarian is considered to be the first to adopt humanistic approach towards workers. He viewed that the principal social and economic environments influence the physical, mental and psychological development of workers. Hence he felt that to improve the productivity, it is necessary to improve conditions of employees by removing them from the adverse environment to a congenial atmosphere with the availability of satisfactory living and working conditions. 8The philosophy in Owen’s patriatic approach was that workers are just like children and the owner is just like a father. Therefore the owner should take care of the workers, just like a father looks after his children. Owen himself implemented this philosophy in his cotton mill in Scotland by introducing facilities such as shower baths, toilets, rest rooms and increased minimum wages and housing scheme. Scientific Management Era The concept of scientific management was introduced by th F.W.Taylor in the USA in the early part of 20 century as an alternative to the prevailing system of management by initiative and incentive based on his shop floor job experience. Taylor developed four principles of scientific management 1. Development and use of scientific methods in setting work standards, determining a fair work, and best way of doing work. 2. Scientific selection and placement of workers best suited to perform the various tasks and provision of their training and development for maximum efficiency. 3. Clear cut division of work and responsibility between management and workers. 4. Harmonious relationship and close cooperation with workers to achieve performance of work in accordance with the planned jobs and tasks. In the scientific theory, Taylor viewed men and workers as one driven by fear of hunger and search for profit. Accordingly, if economic reward is tied up with the efforts put on the job, the worker will respond with his maximum physical capability. Taylor also developed several techniques to introduce his scientific ideas in management. 9They were 1. Time study – to measure the time taken to each job and each operation and to standardize the operations of the job. 2. Motion study – to study body movements in workplace and to reduce wasteful motions. 3. Standardization of tools, equipments, machinery and working condition. 4. Incentives – wage plan with differential piece rate for efficient and inefficient workers. Human Relations Era During the years 1925 to 1935, experts expressed their opinions towards the human aspects of organisation activities. Hugo Munsterberg in his book, “Psychology and Industrial Efficiency”, suggested the use of psychology in selection, placement, testing and training of employees in an organisation. Elton Mayo and his associates conducted a series of experiments from 1924 to 1932 of the Hawthorne plant of the Western Electric Company in the USA. The main findings of Hawthorne Experiments were as follows: 1. Physical environments at the work place do not have any material impact on the efficiency of work. 2. Favourable attitudes of workers and psychological needs had a beneficial impact on the morale and efficiency of workman. 3. Fulfillment of the worker’s social and psychological needs had a beneficial impact on the morale and efficiency of workmen. 4. Employee groups based on social interactions and common interests exercised a strong influence on worker’s performance. 5. Workers cannot be motivated solely by economic rewards. More important motivators are job security, recognition, right to express their opinion on matters related to them. The findings have stated that the relationship between the superiors and subordinates should relate to social and psychological 10satisfaction of the employees. Employee satisfaction is the best means of making the employee productive. Behavioural Science Era Important elements of behavioural approach to HRM is as follows: 1. Individual behaviour is linked with the group behaviour. For example, a person may resist changing his behaviour as an individual. But he or she will readily do so if the group to which he or she belongs, decides to change its behaviour. 2. Informal leadership rather than the formal leadership of manager is more effective in influencing people to achieve standards of performance. According to their view, democratic leadership style of the manager is more acceptable to the subordinates and hence more effective. 3. By nature, people do not dislike work. Most people enjoy work and one is motivated by self control and self development. In fact job itself is a source of motivation and satisfaction to employee. 4. Expanding subordinate influence, self-control and self – direction can improve operating efficiency. Systems Approach Era A system may be defined as a set of interdependent parts forming an organized unit or entity. The system is defined as “an organized and complex whole: an assemblage or combination of things or parts forming a complex unitary whole”. The parts, also known as sub-systems, interact with each other and are subject to change. These sub-systems are inter- related and inter dependant. Three broad sub-systems are i) Technical sub-system - The formal relationships among the members of an organisation ii) Social sub – system - Social satisfaction to the members through informal group relations. iii) Power sub – systems- Exercise of power or influence by individual or group. 11The system approach is characterized by the following features: i. A system is a group of inter – related elements which are separate entities/ units. ii. All the elements are inter– related in an orderly manner. iii. There is the need for proper and timely communication to facilitate interaction between the elements. iv. The interaction between the elements should lead to achieve some common goal. At the heart of the systems approach is a Management Information System (MIS) and communication network for collection, analysis and flow of information to facilitate the function of planning and control. Modern thinkers consider HRM as a system that integrates activities with an objective to make the best use of resources which are always scarce. Contingency Approach Era Contingency refers to the immediate circumstances. Contingency approach believes that there is no one way of managing that works best in all situations. According to this approach, the best way to manage varies with the situation. Hence this approach is called as ‘situational approach’. There may not be one universal way of managing in all situations. A particular approach may yield fruitful results in one situation but may drastically fail in another situation. Therefore managers are to analyse different situations and then use the best approach suitable in that particular situation. Development of HRM in India Like U.K and USA, the evolution and development of HRM in India was not voluntary. After second world war difficult conditions erupted in India. Malpractices in the recruitment of workers and payment of wages led to trade union movement. In 1931, on the recommendations of The Royal Commission of Labour, ‘Jobber’ system was abolished. 12After independence, the Factories Act, 1948 laid down provisions for Labour Officers, Labour welfare, safety and regulation of working hours and working conditions. Two professional bodies emerged. They are ‘The Indian Institute of Personnel Management’ (IIPM), Calcutta, now ‘Kolkata’ and the ‘National Institute of labour Management (NILM), Bombay, now Mumbai. These two institutes are guiding in Human Resource Management and Labour management. The massive thrust on basic industries in India during the I Five year plan (1956-61), which accelerated public sector undertakings, gave thrust to personnel management and HRD practices. The professionalism in managing organizations became quite discernible by 1970s. There was a clear shift from welfare approach to efficiency approach. The two professional bodies IIPM & NILM merged in 1980 to form National Institute of Personnel Management (NIPM) with Kolkata as headquarters. Evolving along the years, the approach has shifted to human values and productivity through people. It is against such a shift in managing people in the 1990s, a new approach has emerged as human resources management (HRM). This approach focuses more on development aspects of human resources. The changing internal environment in organizations calls for better understanding of human resources management. The culture or climate of an organization is made up of traditions, values, habits, ways of organizing, and interpersonal relationships at work. Culture is reflected in organizational structure, strategy, systems, power and reward distribution, conformity, development process, motivational dynamics, organizational clarity, warmth and support received by employees, leadership styles, standard of performance and shared subordinate values. An effective work culture is flexible, integrated, decentralized, performance – oriented, quality conscious, cooperative, collaborative, and supportive. The major elements of HRM strategy and functions can be related to organizational culture. Corporate mission, philosophy and strategic plan give birth to culture in organizations. 13Relevance of HRM HRM is relevant in the modern changed scenario on the following grounds Change management The popular terms of the present day world are ‘Learning Organization’, ‘Managing Organizational Change’, ‘Change Agents’ and the like. It is now accepted that any organization can survive in today’s socio – economic environment only if it is pro-active to environmental changes. Advances in information technology too are forcing organizations to change their very way of thinking. Competence In any organization, it may not be feasible to allocate tasks to individuals at which each one excels. But it is possible to enhance the competence of the individuals to specific tasks through well designed training programmes. HRD attempts to enhance the competence through well defined and planned training programmes. Commitment The extent to which the employees are committed to their work and organization has a significant bearing on an organization’s performance. Commitment levels can be assessed using informal interviews and questionnaires, statistics on absenteeism, grievances and voluntary separations. Transparency in organizational functioning, employees perception of various HRM policies, channels of communication and role models played by superiors influence employee commitment. Congruence of objective It is essential that all new comers to the organization are properly socialized into the existing community and are made aware of the organizational values, work ethos, customs and traditions. It is important that they know what the organization stands for and what it wants to achieve and in this process what is expected from each individual. They 14should understand the meaning of existence of the organization. This exercise is commonly referred to as socialization. Motivation The performance of the workers could be improved and increased by proper motivation. Most people can exercise far more creativity, self- direction and self control than their present jobs demand. It is, however, necessary to create an environment in which all members can contribute to the limits of their ability. Subordinates must be encouraged to participate in the process of decision making, continuously broadening their self-direction and self-control. These would not only lead to direct improvement in operating efficiency but would also ensure them to groom for higher responsibilities. Environment of HRM Environment comprises all those forces which have their bearing on the functioning of various activities, including human resource activities. Environment scanning helps HR manager to become pro- active to the environment which is characterized by change and intense competition. There are two types of environment which operates and have bearing on human resources. Internal Environment These are the forces internal to an organization. Internal forces have profound influence on HR functions. The internal environment of HRM consists of unions, organizational culture and conflict, professional bodies, organizational objectives, policies, etc. Trade Union: Trade Unions are formed to safeguard the interest of its member workers, HR activities like recruitment, selection, training, compensation, industrial relations and separation are carried out in consultation with trade union leaders. Various activities of trade unions have a bearing on the HRM. 15Organizational culture and conflict: As individuals have personality, organizations have cultures. Each organization has its own culture, which it cherishes and wants to retain and follow faithfully. Culture is some core values and beliefs cherished by the members of the organization. The Reliance Industries Ltd., has “value for time”, as its core culture. Tatas have the core culture of “get the best people and set them free”. HR practices that best fit the organization’s culture need to be implemented. Conflict usually surfaces because of dualities such as personal goal, vs. organizational goal, discipline vs. duties etc. Such conflicts have their bearings on HR activities in an organization. NIPM & HR Professional Bodies NIPM regulates HR practitioners. As a member of NIPM, the dictums are: As personnel Manager declare that I shall ӹ Subscribe to the aims and objects of the National Institute of Personnel Management and be bound by its constitution. ӹ Recognize and accept the dignity of an individual as human being, irrespective of religion, language, caste or creed. ӹ Maintain high standard of integrity and behaviour demanded by the profession. ӹ Conduct myself as responsible member of the management team committed to the achievement of the organizational goals. ӹ Take keen interest in the establishment of healthy personnel practices and development of the profession. ӹ Try to win confidence and gain respect of the employees and make myself available to them, provide formal and informal intervention to resolve industrial conflicts. ӹ Endeavour to enhance the good name of my profession in dealing with other professional bodies, government departments, and 16

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