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Ch 11: Current Issues and Trends in HRM

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Watch video lessons to learn about human resources and how the department functions within a workplace. Take self-assessment quizzes to gauge your knowledge of human resource management trends and issues.

Current Issues and Trends in HRM - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Businesses deal with customers, but they also have the internal aspect of employee management to think about. In this chapter, you will be introduced to the importance of human resource management. The information will help you recognize the vital role HR can play when dealing with diverse environments, and you will see how HR departments help businesses operate more smoothly. This chapter can help you understand the following:

  • Affirmative action
  • Diversity in the workplace
  • Violence in the workplace
  • Human resource information systems
  • Trends in alternative work arrangements

Video Objective
Affirmative Action: Definition and Effects on Diversity in the Workplace Learn what affirmative action is, how it is implemented and the impact it can have within a work environment.
Ability and Disability Diversity in the Workplace: Definition, Trends & Examples Look at examples of abilities and disabilities among employees.
Age Diversity in the Workplace: Definition, Trends & Examples Take a deeper look into how a person's age can play a part in the workplace environment.
Gender Diversity in the Workplace: Definition, Trends & Examples Discover the impact gender can have on roles and perceptions in the professional arena.
Cultural Diversity in the Workplace: Definition, Trends & Examples Realize how cultural differences can influence a workplace.
Workplace Violence: Trends and Impact Recognize the existence of violence at work and understand HR's role in dealing with it.
HRIS: What and Why Learn what human resource information systems are and their pros and cons for employees, HR managers, and the organization.
Alternative Work Arrangements: Home office, virtual teams, telecommuting Look at how technology has paved the way for alternative working conditions.

8 Lessons in Chapter 11: Current Issues and Trends in HRM
Affirmative Action: Definition and Effects on Diversity in the Workplace

1. Affirmative Action: Definition and Effects on Diversity in the Workplace

Affirmative action creates a diverse workplace for organizations. Legislation was passed to help protected groups not have an adverse impact on employment opportunities. In this lesson, find out the difference between protected groups and adverse impacts.

Ability and Disability Diversity in the Workplace: Definition, Trends & Examples

2. Ability and Disability Diversity in the Workplace: Definition, Trends & Examples

Everyone has both strengths and limitations, and it is the diversity of these things that makes for a great workplace. In this lesson, we'll examine ability and disability diversity in the workplace, including the ADA and sensitivity training.

Age Diversity in the Workplace: Definition, Trends & Examples

3. Age Diversity in the Workplace: Definition, Trends & Examples

Age diversity is the ability to accept all different types of ages within a business environment. Companies have to adjust to an aging population in various ways.

Gender Diversity in the Workplace: Definition, Trends & Examples

4. Gender Diversity in the Workplace: Definition, Trends & Examples

Gender diversity in the workplace is the equal treatment and acceptance of both males and females in an organization. Diversity adds value to a company's bottom line due to the different viewpoints and backgrounds of diverse individuals.

Cultural Diversity in the Workplace: Definition, Trends & Examples

5. Cultural Diversity in the Workplace: Definition, Trends & Examples

Cultural diversity is a form of appreciating the differences in individuals. The differences can be based on gender, age, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and social status. Companies have realized the value in acquiring a diverse workforce.

Workplace Violence: Trends and Impact on Human Resources

6. Workplace Violence: Trends and Impact on Human Resources

The workplace can be a dangerous place, and many workers are victimized by violence while on the job every year. In this lesson, you'll learn about violence in the workplace and steps that HR can take to reduce it.

Human Resource Information Systems: Costs & Benefits to Employees, HR and Organizations

7. Human Resource Information Systems: Costs & Benefits to Employees, HR and Organizations

While we may be heading to a 'paperless' office, the amount of information handled by HR professionals seems to keep growing. In this lesson, you'll learn about human resource information systems and how they can help with information management.

Pros & Cons of Alternative Work Arrangements: Home Office, Virtual Teams and Telecommuting

8. Pros & Cons of Alternative Work Arrangements: Home Office, Virtual Teams and Telecommuting

Alternative work arrangements have become an important trend in work over the past quarter century. In this lesson, you'll learn about some different types of alternative work arrangements, including the pros and cons of utilizing them. A short quiz follows the lesson.

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