The human resource (HR) department is central to the overall organizational structure of a business or company. Most obviously, a workplace cannot function without employees and to ensure that this particular asset is used to the best of its potential, the human resource department plays a strategic role. Its planning, management skill and policies dictate the productivity of an organization. However, this particular department has been ignored for a long time due to its inability to deliver effective strategies that can help increase the performance and productivity of a workplace. For many years now, the role of a human resource department has been limited to carrying out paperwork, hiring employees, reporting and other processes that fall short of this department’s true, maximum potential. It is therefore, necessary to take substantial steps that can not only increase the efficiency of this department but also improve the overall performance of the entire company. A capable and effective human resource department can give corporations and large-scale organizations an edge over competitors.
In an article published by Fast Company (Hammonds, 2005), the HR department is criticized for its insubstantial role in the company’s growth and development and the subsequent areas that need improvement. It is accused of carrying out menial and redundant tasks that fall below the hype and high stature of HR in most organizations. In the article below, it is explored how the working methodology of human resource department can be improved so that the results are visible in the overall productivity of the organization.