At one time in history, “Liking people” appeared to be sufficient for choosing to work in the field of known as “Human Resources (or Personnel) Management. Preferring to work with humans rather than objects is still important; but it is grossly insufficient in these modern times.

Human Resource Management one of our most complex and challenging fields of endeavor. Not only the firm’s requirements for an effective work force be met, the human resource manager must be greatly concerned with the expectations of both employees and society in general. Society at large has proclaimed it human resources to have vital needs that move beyond a ‘work force’ status. The employee is simultaneously an instrument of the firm, a human being, and a citizen.

In this first lesson of the course, we discuss the definition of human resource management, and look closely at the major components of the definition. We also discuss the major challenges facing the modern human resource manager.

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