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The human resources HR profession has changed dramatically in the past century Gone are the days when HRs primary functions were hiring policing and bookkeeping In todays dynamic workplace human resource professionals are expected to add value to their organizations Traditionally human resources approach to problem-solving was to isolate a problem uncover the root causes and find a solution often amplifying the problem and possibly revealing more A new approach and distinctly different from problem-solving developed by David Cooperrider and Suresh Srivastva in 1987 is called Appreciative Inquiry AI Appreciative inquiry builds upon the successes to expand the possibilities of what can be done even better This approach does not ignore problems yet starts from a position of strength rather than trying to rectify weaknesses By focusing on what is right rather than what is wrong with an organization an individual or even a society AI gives us the kind of energy that gives us the confidence to develop and pursue a new image of the future Liedman 2005 In this essay the writer will compare and contrast the AI approach with traditional human resource management strategies such as developing effective human resources creating effective rewards programs building effective employeeemployer relationships and finally discuss the results Effective human resources refers to the managing of individuals within in organizations Dressler Cole Sutherland 2005 Effective employees are the key to all human resource management whether heshe is an entrepreneur a small business owner or a manager in a large organization hisher business success depends on how well you manage your employees The risks of failing to have effective human resources management have never been higher with the competitive marketplace Employers are now realizing how important it is to recruit and retain the best possible workforce The goals of human resources are to maximize employees contributions in order to achieve optimal productivity and effectiveness while attaining individual objectives and societal objectives Dressler et al 2005 To achieve
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