HR Roles and Responsibilities Paper

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The role of the human resources (HR) department is shifting, and that means that the roles and responsibilities of HR professionals are changing, too. Increasingly complex organizational needs are placing high demands on the HR function and the ability to integrate the basic HR disciplines is essential to success. HR professionals will possess a bevy of business and financial skills; employers will need to make sure these talents are put to good use. New HR professionals expect jobs that let them use the skills they developed both in academic programs and at previous jobs. A recent symposium on the future of HR, hosted by the Society for Human Resource Management, confirms that challenging jobs and clear career paths are keys to attracting high-caliber students to the profession.

"If the HR function wants to continue attracting top students, HR jobs will have to be more interesting," says Cappelli. He recommends that organizations keep their challenging human resource projects in-house, rather than sending those projects to consultants out of house.

(HR New Breed)


The levels of business in globalization can effect the major international agreements on HR, and the five most important international HR topics.

International business is no longer reserved for a few large, multinational corporations. Recent international developments in the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), formation of the European Union have led to increased overseas business for more U.S. companies. This increased activity has generated new concepts, terms, practices and regulations that all human resource managers should understand, regardless of their organization's level of international involvement.

Three Levels of Globalizations

National companies do not suddenly become global companies. Involvement in international HRM depends greatly on a company's phase of globalization; thus, HR policies and programs need to coincide with that phase. We have found...