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Murrindindi Shire Council ExperienceHuman Resource management HRM has been seen as either having a traditional or contemporary approach This paper will define both approaches The HR aproach undertaken by the Murrindindi Shire Council MSC which was my organisation up to three months ago will be reviewed in this context as well as identifiable costs or opportunities that existHuman Resource Management is the management of an organisations staffpersonnel to meet the needs and achieve the purpose of the business in an efficient and effective mannerHRM is defined by Kramer McGraw Shulder 1997p10 as having having three purposes being To ensure quality of worklife andIt has been observed in particular that organisations tend to be very good at the legal compliance as it is legislated as it has some serious consequences if not adhered to What is generally overlooked is the financial implications of dot points one and twoEffective human management can contribute to not only product output but also product qualityHRM managers are operating at three distinct levels as explained by Kramer McGraw Shulder 1997p30 strategic managerial and operational- Operational levels short term can be disseminated down to lower level management or team leaders as they involve straight forward and traditional levels of HR- Managerial Level short termThis level and following tend to be the levels of strategic importance to the organisation- link functions to organisational strategiesStrategy as a process is defined by Shaun Tyson 1997 p 278 is a mechanism for achieving a desired objective It can then be said that the Human Resource Strategy needs to be aligned with the organisations business strategies or corporate objectives In effect one of the mechanisms to be used is that of Human ResourcesMiller defined strategic HRM as those decisions and actions which concern the management of employees at all levels in the business and which are related to the implementation of strategies directed towards creating and sustaining competitive advantage Miller 1987 p352HRM
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