Conclusion: Key Challenges in Human Resource Management Today
Key Challenges in Human Resource management Today
You have almost reached the end of the module on Human Resource Management For Health. Clearly, we have not exhausted the topic. Many topics were introduced, but could have been elaborated in much greater depth. Many topics could have been added, were it not for the lack of space and time. We had to make choices. We tried to aim for a mix of understanding the importance of HR Management in the context of developments in the health sector and of gaining some knowledge and skills that will help you in your day-to-day practice as a human resource manager.
The challenges facing HR managers in the health sector today are serious and seemingly endless: HIV/AIDS, brain drain, low morale, transformation fatigue, to name just a few examples. We have not spent much time discussing these challenges per se. This would probably warrant another full module. However, many of the topics covered in this module are influenced by or influence these challenges. For example, motivation plays a crucial role in lifting low morale. So does a good supervisory system. Thorough staff induction and development can go a long way to reducing role conflict.
Before we let you go, we want you to spend another two to three hours working with the HRM assessment tool we introduced in Unit 1 Session 4 (Task 2) and reflecting on the key challenges we face in human resources in South Africa specifically, but also in other African countries today. We recently wrote an overview article for the South African Health Review, which talks to these challenges. The article focuses on Human Resource Development in general, but you will see that most topics relate directly to HR Management.
1. LEARNING OUTCOMES OF THIS SESSION
|By the end of this session you should be able to:|
You will be referred to the following readings in the course of this session
|Management Sciences for Health (1998). HRD Assessment Instrument for NGOs and Public Sector Health Organisations. MSH: 1-15.|
|Lehmann, U. & Sanders, D. (2003). Human Resource Development. In South African Health Review 2002. Durban: Health Systems Trust: 119-427.|
TASK 1: REVISIT THE HRM ASSESSMENT TOOL
We asked you to have a look at the HRM assessment tool on page 91 of the Reader at the beginning of the module. This tool aims to help you to assess the state of Human Resource Development in your organisation and to come up with possible solutions to problems.
LAST TASK OF THE MODULE: REFLECTING ON KEY HR CHALLENGES
This last reading and reflection concludes the module.
3. SESSION SUMMARY
While many issues remain outstanding, we hope you leave the module feeling somewhat better equipped to Tackle Human Resource Management in your organisation.
We also hope that you found the module both enjoyable and challenging, providing some new ideas and maybe putting existing knowledge and skills in context. Please don’t forget to give us your feedback on the module.
We thank you for choosing to do this module and wish you luck with the rest of your studies!