Principles of HR

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Unit purpose and aim(s)

No organisation can survive without its people. People are what makes an organisation successful.

Increasingly, organisations are recognising the strategic importance of effective people management and the vital role that the HR function plays in achieving organisational success. However, an ever-changing and complex environment presents challenges for the HR function. It must balance the needs of succeeding in the modern business world, with the operational constraints of reducing budgets, to deliver a flexible and adaptable workforce.

By completing this unit, you will develop as an effective HR professional with a range of skills crucial for competing in today’s challenging employment market.

The unit starts by exploring the role and strategic contribution of the HR function. You are encouraged to take a critical perspective by assessing the fit between HR strategy and the broader corporate strategy within real-life workplaces, and by crafting HR objectives for an organisation. Gaining a variety of perspectives enables you to assess different theoretical aspects of HR management and consider how different approaches can lead to competitive advantage.

Finally, the unit explores core HR specialisms and operational essentials - such as building policies that develop and retain talent, and how to construct a contract of employment. In doing so, you will consider how external influences on human resources have shaped modern flexible working arrangements and practices. 

This unit is assessed by traditional timed exam - read more. 

Qualifications for this unit:

ABE Level 4 Diploma in Business Management and Human Resources

Qualifications for this unit