What is Personnel Management?

Malcolm Tatum

In many organizations, there are one or more people who are responsible for managing the welfare and performance of everyone within the organization. This task of overseeing programs and setting policies that affect everyone associated with the organization can be referred to as personnel management. It sometimes is referred to as human resources (HR) management as well.

Many companies offer time off to employees who want to enter rehab for an addiction.
Many companies offer time off to employees who want to enter rehab for an addiction.

The function of a personnel manager usually begins with the staffing process. He or she might be focused on screening and interviewing applicants, with an eye toward placing individuals with the right skill sets in the right position within the organization. The HR manager might also oversee, or at least be involved in, the creation of entry-level training programs as well as continuing-education opportunities for people who are already working for the organization.

Many companies offer bereavement leave to employees who have experienced the death of a loved one.
Many companies offer bereavement leave to employees who have experienced the death of a loved one.

Determining the organization's policies and procedures as they relate to personnel is another important aspect of personnel management. HR functions for companies often include drafting vacation, sick leave and bereavement policies that apply to all employees. The personnel management team also might be responsible for administering the benefits that are provided to employees, such as health insurance plans.

Personnel managers attempt to provide opportunities for those in need of counseling to receive the proper treatment.
Personnel managers attempt to provide opportunities for those in need of counseling to receive the proper treatment.

Another aspect of many organizations that is part of personnel management is the drafting of a handbook for employees or anyone else in the organization. Establishing policies and procedures, requirements for employment, commendation and disciplinary procedures and even things such as dress codes must be compared with legal guidelines before a handbook is ready to be issued. Personnel managers and HR staff members often must draft and review the organization's handbook.

Personnel management can help employees deal with supervisor issues.
Personnel management can help employees deal with supervisor issues.

A sometimes-overlooked aspect of personnel management is the emotional welfare of the people in the organization. Many personnel managers understand that a happy, well-adjusted employee can be an asset to a company. To this end, many personnel managers try to provide opportunities for people who are in need of counseling to receive treatment. This often involves scheduling time during working hours for counseling sessions and perhaps paying for the cost if it is not covered by insurance.

HR functions for companies often include drafting sick leave policies that apply to employees.
HR functions for companies often include drafting sick leave policies that apply to employees.

Depending on the size of the organization, it might be possible for one person to handle all of the personnel management functions. As an organization grows, however, it might be necessary to expand from a single personnel manager to a personnel management team. Although this adds to the cost, many organizations have found that overseeing the welfare of their personnel ultimately benefits the organization financially.

Personnel management is sometimes referred to as human resources, when one or more people are responsible for managing the welfare and performance of everyone within the organization.
Personnel management is sometimes referred to as human resources, when one or more people are responsible for managing the welfare and performance of everyone within the organization.

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Discussion Comments

anon276420

What is the role of the personnel manager to the students?

anon255552

What are the basic principles in personnel management? More explanation please.

anon181497

what are the ten rules performed by HR managers?

anon173772

Please tell me about the difference between two organizations where one has an HR Department and other has no HR Department. what will happen?

anon166509

why do we say efficient personnel administration?

anon163448

please explain what is the welfare aspect of personnel management.

anon133270

I want to have touch screen info chaos on personal management in my organization. what should i do?

anon105762

please explain the inter relationship between internal and external personnel management.

Djojo

A personnel manager cannot be effective without implementing the function of personnel management. Discuss?

preeti03

Do let me know about personnel management and economic reforms.

anon82927

Please critically illustrate the difference between personnel management and human resource management.

anon69773

what is the difference between HRD and HRM?

anon68592

When was Personnel Management developed? Date?

anon58713

what is the difference between personnel management and HRM?

anon52928

what is the growth outlook for a personnel manager?

anon49615

What is the distinct difference between personnel management and HR?

anon48165

what is the difference between personnel management and catering management?

anon45261

What is the significance of Human Resources?

anon44869

what is the difference between personnel management and public administration?

romenmahfuz

what is the difference between personnel management and HRM?

anon43327

can you please tell me if personal management and Human resources management are both are the same?

anon42452

list and explain five personnel functions.

anon41945

what can be the difference between personnel management and HRM?

anon39769

What are the risks that an IS auditor must consider in this particular area? Thanks.

anon39730

Please explain the following terms in personnel management.

1. Comparative method; 2. Paired comparison; 3. Ranking; 4. Forced distribution

anon36289

what are the natures of personnel management??

anon36124

can you please tell me if personal management & Human resources management are both are the same

anon21710

Traditionally, personnel departments have not been held in the highest ... Why is this the case?

mdt

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anon13233

Please explain the following terms in personnel management.

1. Comparative method

2. Paired comparison

3. Ranking

4. Forced distribution

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