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Is HR Effective in Every Organization ?
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Chrm Message From: Scott.Catherine Total Posts: 21 Join Date: 23/02/2007
Rank: Executive Post Date: 23/02/2007 05:04:49 Points: 105 Location: United States

Hello Community,

I'm intrested in other peoples experience with HR. For the most part my immeadiate gut feeling on HR is that in many instances HR is typically out of step with the employees and to a certain degree out of step with the direction of an oranization.

I've had some experiences with HR in small companies (not much of an HR presence), mid-size oranizations and larger organizarions. My experiences are that HR has been typically most effective in a mid size organization (approx 200 people).

I'd be interested to know if there is perhaps a coorolation between the size of an organization and the effectiveness of it's HR department. I find that to a certain degree (all other things equal) that the size of an organization does have some bearing on the effectiveness of it's HR. I think that an HR dept that truely understands the organization's business and understands the role that each department plays in the organization is most effective.

In smaller organizations HR is not yet mature and the typicall duties fall on the functional managers, owners etc to fullfill. In larger organizations HR seems to lack the connection to the functional departments and the staff in those departments. Mid-size companies likely have a more effectibe HR as it's better connected to the direction of the comapny and the employees.

Anyone have any other experiences or comments?


Chrm Message From: professormamta Total Posts: 28 Join Date: 23/02/2007  
Rank: Executive Post Date: 24/02/2007 05:59:15 Points: 140 Location: United States

HR can be effective in organizations of all sizes. It does seem to have a sweet spot at the mid-sized level, perhaps because the HR people still interact with people from across the company.

In smaller companies, the people placed in HR roles are often there simply to carry out admin work (even when they are qualified and motivated to do more strategic work). Smaller companies tend to expect that employees will go straight to the top to have concerns settled. In my opinion, these firms do not maximize the value of their HR teams.

Small- and mid-sized companies also sometimes tend to hire inexpensive entry-level admin workers and then never train them, meaning that the people in HR aren't able to grow into their roles or grow with the company.


Professor Mamta

Chrm Message From: sanjay04 Total Posts: 57 Join Date: 23/02/2007  
Rank: Manager Post Date: 24/02/2007 06:03:48 Points: 285 Location: United States

Dear catherine & professor,

The careful and painstaking nurturing of the human resources adds value to the organization in the long run and therefore, an effective human resource management framework is instrumental in sustaining competitive advantage in the market.


Sanjay Mewar