For next week we are studying ethics and outsourcing HRM. Outsourcing is usually deployed due to difficult situations managers face. The problems can be divided into three major categories.
There is also lots of of organizational challenges. It could be downsizing, advantages in technology, increasing number of small businesses, and the rise of outsourcing. These all are challenges that an organization itself may face in HRM.
Individual challenges are also as it describes itself, individual person's challenges. They can be something like treating employees ethically, increasing individuals productivity, and dealing with issues with job insecurity.
If done correctly, planning HR can provide multiple benefits, direct and indirect for a company such as:
It can be challenging to create a HR strategy. The strategy needs to be creating and maintaining a competitive advantage of the company, avoiding day-to-day problems, developing strategies suited to unique organizational features, and accommodating change. Companies must make choices in many HR areas, for example work flows, staffing, employee separations, appraisals, training and development, compensation, employee rights and so on. If done correctly, it's possible the strategy is very helpful and let's HR managers work efficiently.
HR managers need to be working fluently with all the other managers in order to have a nice working environment. Partnership throughout all in managing positions help employees also to feel familiar with company and its policies. The past years the trend has been, that the number of HR professionals is increasing even though the size of companies HR departments are decreasing. This is due to outsourcing HR to some external consultants. Some companies even outsource their whole Human Resources department.
Our mandatory link from BBC handles an ethical problem about child refugees in Turkey making clothes for shops in the UK. This is very difficult situation for a company in multiple different ways. It's awkward having to explain these kind of situations for customers buying their products, since it is not acceptable in any way. It is bad for the children working, because well of course they should not be working, but also they get a terrible salary plus their working conditions are inhuman. Dangerous chemicals and awful working hours may effect their lives negatively for a long time (BBC, 2016). It's also tough for company's managers to try to keep their employees happy when there is news about some of them products made in bad conditions. It may affect to employees mindset and productivity. While these kind of news are unacceptable, it would also to be crucial for the companies to do the best this will not happen again and improve the conditions.
Our other link from AdvisoryHQ handles the other topic, outsourcing. There is listed the 7 best HR consulting firms, with the information of how they have been chosen. The best HR consulting companies focus on:
AdvisoryHQ, 2018. Top 7 Best firms for HR consulting and ranking https://www.advisoryhq.com/articles/hr-consulting-firms/ accessed on 8.4.2019
BBC, 2016. Child Refugees in Turkey making clothes for UK shops https://www.bbc.com/news/business-37716463 accessed on 8.4.2019
Gomez-Mejia, L.R., Balkin, D.B. and Cardy, R.L. 2016. Managing Human Resources. Global Edition 8/E. Pearson. London. ISBN-10: 1292097248 accessed on 8.4.2019
Marjomaa-Mäkinen, M. 2014. Azets Finland. Miten HR on ulkoistettu suomalaisissa pk- yrityksissä? https://www.azets.fi/blogi/miten-hr-ulkoistettu-suomalaisissa-pk-yrityksissa/ accessed on 8.4.2019
Quantum Workplace, 2019. https://www.quantumworkplace.com/ accessed on 8.4.2019.