Unit 4 - Managing People II
Welcome to the last unit of this module! In this unit we will cover the content of what would make up many traditional courses on HR Management – namely the key components of HR Management which we introduced at the beginning of Unit 1: recruitment, utilisation and development of staff. Why, you may well ask, only now and only in one unit?
You will have noticed by now that the entire course has a very particular approach and perspective. We do not consider Public Health primarily a technical exercise; instead we have a strong orientation to health systems development. The same is true for our approach to Human Resource Development and Human Resource Management. Very often courses on HR Management are technical in orientation, concentrating primarily on personnel administration. The inherent assumption is that by getting all the technical details right, HR Management will work.
We have been quite open about the fact that we have a different perspective. We have spent a great deal of time discussing the contextual issues of HR Management because we firmly believe that if we do not understand and act upon those issues, our technical knowledge will not help us. We also believe that if we do not understand and act upon the fact that this field is about people and that people, as individuals and in groups, are complex and defy technical solutions, we will not improve HR Management. That is the reason why only one unit deals with recruitment, utilisation and development of staff.
Clearly, given the time and space constraints, we had to be very selective. In choosing the topics, we aimed to introduce you to new concepts or to give you a different perspective on knowledge you may already possess.
The unit consists of four study sessions:
Study Session 1: Staff Recruitment and induction
Intended learning outcomes of Unit 4
By the end of this unit you should be able to:
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