Irreconcilable difference? Strategic human resource management and employee well being

undefined Brown (ed.), I Metz (ed.)

Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources | Sage Publications | Published : 2011


The transition from 'personnel' to 'human resource management' took place in Australia in the latter part of the twentieth century. The change in nomenclature reflects a change in the nature of the work: from an employee-centred role to a management-centred role. In this paper we examine the relationship between these two roles, with a particular emphasis on their compatibility. Using interview data we find that HR managers devote considerable time to employee-centred activities. HR managers philosophically reconcile these activities with their responsibilities as a strategic partner by identifying the benefits of their employee-centred efforts for management. HR managers do, however, experi..

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