Human Resource Management: Managerial Tool for Competitive Advantage

5th Edition
by Lawrence Kleiman
310 Solutions 15 Chapters 5729 Studied ISBN: 9781426649189 Human Resource Management 5 (1)

Chapters 15: Discussion_Questions 1

Discussion Questions

1. In what ways does the job of HRM generalist differ from that of HRM specialist?


Step-By-Step Solution

1. HRM generalists perform virtually all facets of HRM. Entry-level HRM generalist positions are most often found in small to mid-sized organizations that employ few HR professionals-one of two people who must “do it all.” Because of their many responsibilities, HRM generalists have neither time nor resources to conduct in-depth studies or projects. They usually hire outside consultants who specialize in these kinds of services.

In larger organizations, each HR professional’s area tends to be more focused, zeroing in on particular HRM tasks. Individuals holding these positions are called HRM specialists. Some traditional and newer specialty areas include:

o Compensation manager

o Benefits manager

o Employee relations manager

o Training manager

o Organization development manager

o Labor relations manager


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