Role of Human Resource Management

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Human resources (HR) is a department found in every company. The human resources department is typically where a candidate will apply for employment. HR also handles an employee's record card, terminations, medical leaves, and many other issues related an employee's employment. With new laws and regulations, HR is a department that is always changing in several different aspects.

Human resources can be defined as, "individuals within the firm's organization that deals with hiring, firing, training, and other personnel issues." (Human resources) At the Walt Disney World Company HR is broken up into several areas. Casting is the place where candidates apply and interview for open positions. Employee Relations deals with terminations, questionable acts of the cast members, and where notations are placed on a cast member's record card. There is also the Disney Benefits center. This is where a cast member receives information about health insurance, main gate passes, and employee discounts.

Although HR is broken up into several different areas at the Walt Disney World Company, HR at the Ritz-Carlton is broken into two different offices. One office deals with the hiring and posting of open positions while the other office deals with all the other responsibilities.

In some companies HR is still known as Personnel. Some people thought of personnel as a place where "bad things" happened with your employment. Such as suspension, discipline, and the most common assumption was termination. According to Kay E. May, "The role of human resources has been evolving for some time. The shift from "personnel" to "human resources," for example, was part of the movement to acknowledge the value of employees as an organizational resource, and was an attempt to remove some of the stigma that was coming to be associated with slow, bureaucratic personnel departments."With the increase in technology...