Page 2: The role of Human Resource Management
The purpose of Human Resource Management (HRM) is to hire, train and develop staff and where necessary to discipline or dismiss them. Through effective training and development, employees at Enterprise achieve promotion within the company and reach their full potential.
This reduces the need for external recruitment and makes maximum use of existing talent. This is a cost-effective way for a business to manage its people.
The HRM function not only manages existing staff, it also plans for changes that will affect its future staffing needs. This is known as workforce planning. For example:
- the business may grow into new markets, such as Enterprise moving into truck rental
- it may use new technology which requires new skills e.g. global positioning equipment
- staff may retire or be promoted, leaving gaps which need to be filled.
There may also be external changes in the labour market, meaning that there will be fewer skills available or too many in a particular area. HRM monitors all of these things in planning recruitment strategy. This places the HRM function in a central role in the business because all managers use this expertise to acquire staff.
Enterprise has a policy of promoting its managers from within its existing workforce. This means the business must recruit people with the potential to grow.
Each year, Enterprise recruits an average of 1,000 staff into its graduate recruitment programme in the UK and Ireland. To achieve its aims and objectives, Enterprise needs staff who are motivated and who possess initiative and drive.