The state of human resource management in practice: Evidence from employes' views of HRM systems and staff

S. Gibb

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Abstract

Recent research exploring a range of arguments about trends in human resource management (HRM) provides contrasting evidence in evaluating the state of HRM. Methods using either fit with "best practice" or fit with contingencies as ways of evaluating the state of HRM have been foremost. Investigating the employees "point of view" has been proposed as an alternative in some recent studies. The research reported here is based on this alternative method. It describes employees views of HRM in their organisations based on a survey of 2,632 employees in 73 companies. The findings are that employees report areas of strength in HRM that include training and development, rewards, and levels of personal motivation. Employees also rate the performance of HR staff highly across a range of services. Noticeable areas of weakness in HRM, in employees' estimations, exist in the management of staffing levels, aspects of recruitment and retention, communication, and with levels of morale in the organisation as a whole. These findings justify a mixed but overall positive picture of the state of HRM. The problems of analysing employee views of HRM in this type of study, to address arguments with evidence, are considered in conclusion.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)318-336
Number of pages18
JournalEmployee Relations
Volume23
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001

Keywords

  • employment
  • human resource management
  • systems analysis
  • work
  • computer systems

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