Buff From Australia, joined Mar 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1 Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 970 times:
HR is a 90's term for Personnel Department. They look after employee records, and set general employment guidelines such as sick leave policy, payroll and benefits policies and the like. Many items at many companies end up in contracts depending on the status of the employee groups. Hope that helps.
B727-200 From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 1051 posts, RR: 3 Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 919 times:
Just to add to Buff's post, the discipline involved in the HR department is referred to as Human Resource Management, or HRM (also sometimes referred to as Strategic Human Resource Management - or SHRM).
The progression from "Personnel Management" to "HRM" was more than just a 90's name change however.
The progression from PM to HRM is described as an evolutionary rather than revolutionary one. The main difference between the two are the former refers to a set of functions or activities, where the latter "assumes all personnel activities are integrated with each other, and strategically with the organisational objectives," (Nankervis et al, 1996).
A typical HR department within an airline would not only look after what are traditional PM functions (salaries, sick leave, etc..), but also be actively involved in the selection of the "human resource" itself, providing an effective induction and review program, training, employee welfare and career counceling (to name a few).
As you could imagine, selection and training within an airline is paramount to the success of that airline. This is due to both the background work required to maintain safety standards, and the amount of people you have with direct contact to the public.
P.S. Looking at a move to Airline Industrial Relations Legalman?
Airgypsy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 129 posts, RR: 2 Reply 4, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 858 times:
HR is the leading edge of Aldus Huxley's "A Brave New World".
We will conform, we will be assimilated, we will lose all the attitudes that make us the independent minded mechanics that can resist managment suggestions to cut corners and violate regulations in the name of profit.
The "Behavioral Interview" is the center of this fascinating attempt at mind control and political correctness. If you are not interviewed by the person you are going to work for and they don't have the final say - run!