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Lucianne White Assessment 2 Intro to HRM Introduction Management practice is characterized by power the ability to influence others behaviour By virtue of the power that managers hold the variations in organizational design relations between managers and employees and HRM practices will be largely shaped by senior management Bratton and Gold 1999 p33 Management is being able to get people to accomplish goals together Autry 1991 Business only exists among people for people so having good managers is as important as having good employees In this essay I will discuss the relationship between managers and their employees Specifically the power relationship involved Body The power managers have over their employees is actually an illusion What they have instead is authority over their staff Authority is the ability to influence others not the power to force someone to do something against their will The only power a manager has is the willingness and commitment of their employees to carry out their goals and vision Unfortunately most employees feel their managers have power over them because they have the ability to hire and fire as well as the say in who gets a promotion Managers have been considered to be the boss who sits behind a desk all day pushing paperwork and not engaging with the staff They are there to monitor office hours dress codes lunch breaks and coffee breaks by their employees which results in official warnings or docked pay This is a constant cause of conflict between management and staff It also forces the manager into a position of distrust For a good working relationship to exist between staff and management there needs to be trust and honesty There also needs to be a change in the way staff issues are
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