Ch 1: Overview of Human Resources Management Field

About This Chapter

This human resource management training chapter covers the field's history, purpose and main responsibilities. These mobile-friendly lessons and self-assessment quizzes can be used for employee training purposes, either individually or as a group.

Overview of Human Resources Management Field - Chapter Summary

This collection of human resources management (HRM) lessons provides a high-level overview of the field. HRM trainees can watch these engaging and informative video lessons to study the history of human resource management, as well as its primary objectives. Other topics covered in this chapter include:

  • Human capital
  • HR department structure
  • HRM and organizational strategy
  • Job attitudes and generational attitudes
  • Ethical issues in HR
  • Online programs for professional recertification and continuing educaiton

Taught by expert HRM instructors, these bite-sized lessons use concise definitions and memorable examples to highlight the essential terms and concepts your employees should know. Our lessons come with short self-assessment quizzes to help human resource management employees gauge their understanding of the chapter material. Lessons are available to study 24/7, and they're accessible on any device that has an Internet connection.

How It Helps

  • Contextualizes HRM: Your prospective managers will see how HRM aligns with organizational strategy.
  • Builds awareness: It's important that HRM trainees develop a strong understanding of the field's history and objectives..
  • Clarifies management department roles: HRM trainees will evaluate the key differences between personnel management and human resource management.

Skills Covered

After completing the chapter, human resources management trainees should be able to:

  • Outline the primary objectives and responsibilities of HRM
  • Summarize the history of human resource management
  • Evaluate the importance of human capital in an organization
  • Recognize an HR department's internal structure
  • Identify external factors that affect human resource management
  • Understand how businesses align organizational strategy with HRM
  • Assess the similarities and differences between personnel management and human resource management
  • Differentiate between generational values in the workplace
  • Explain the major types of job attitudes
  • Define some of human resource's ethical issues
  • Summarize the HRCI online recertification and continuing education credit process

11 Lessons in Chapter 1: Overview of Human Resources Management Field
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Human Resource Management: Definition, Objectives & Responsibilities

1. Human Resource Management: Definition, Objectives & Responsibilities

Human resource management is an essential function of both private and public sector organizations. In this lesson, you'll learn what human resource management is, as well as its objectives and responsibilities in an organization.

History of HRM: Craft System & Human Relations Movement

2. History of HRM: Craft System & Human Relations Movement

Human resource management can trace its historical roots back to pre-industrial society. In this lesson, we'll explore the history of human resource management from before the Industrial Revolution up to the human relations movement.

What Is Human Capital? - Importance to An Organization

3. What Is Human Capital? - Importance to An Organization

All organizations require human capital to function and accomplish their goals. In this lesson, you'll learn what human capital is, its importance and the role that human resource management plays in it. A short quiz follows.

The Internal Structure of an HR Department

4. The Internal Structure of an HR Department

Human resource management serves a vitally important function in most organizations. In this lesson, you'll learn how an organization may structure its human resource management functions within the organization.

External Factors Impacting HRM

5. External Factors Impacting HRM

Businesses don't operate in a bubble and neither does human resource management. In this lesson, you'll learn about some important external factors that impact human resource management. A short quiz follows the lesson.

Aligning HRM and Organizational Strategy

6. Aligning HRM and Organizational Strategy

Successful businesses have a strategic vision and know how to implement it. In this lesson, you'll learn how human resource management (HRM) can align its organizational functions with the overall strategy of its organization.

Human Resource Management vs. Personnel Management

7. Human Resource Management vs. Personnel Management

Is there a difference between human resource management and personnel management? Some say there is, and some say there's not. In this lesson, we'll explore what these terms mean and present the case that there is a difference.

Generational Values in the Workplace: Differences and Dominant Values

8. Generational Values in the Workplace: Differences and Dominant Values

Every generation makes its mark on the world, and every generation is influenced by the world they grow up in. In this lesson, we will look at the different generations and compare and contrast worldviews and values in the workplace.

Major Job Attitudes: Satisfaction, Commitment, Engagement & More

9. Major Job Attitudes: Satisfaction, Commitment, Engagement & More

Each person has a different level of attitude about their job and that attitude can be rated, if you will, by how involved the individual is in his or her job. In this lesson, we will look at job attitudes as they relate to job satisfaction, commitment, engagement, and more.

Ethical Issues in HR: Definition & Importance

10. Ethical Issues in HR: Definition & Importance

Unethical behavior from a business can create problems with regulators and have adverse effects on a company's bottom line. In this lesson, you'll learn about ethical issues relevant to HR and the importance of ethical organizational behavior.

HRCI Online Recertification & Continuing Education Credit

11. HRCI Online Recertification & Continuing Education Credit

If you an HR professional with certifications through the HR Certification Institute, you need to complete recertification every three years to maintain your credentials. Depending on your designation, you'll need to earn between 45 and 60 hours of Continuing Education (CE) credit. You can take your courses online to renew these hours on your schedule and at your pace.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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