Human Capital Magazine
The New HRM - Without The H
I am curious about the origins of the trend to replace human resource management with the management of resources in general; ditching the reference to homo sapiens, and blending our discipline with the management of resources such as capital, soil, equipment, buildings, groundwater, spare parts, fish, gas and anything else that might be needed as an input to any form of purposeful activity. Without the H, we are at risk of being depleted, exploited, beneficiated or even elaborately transformed.
At least in the mining industry we have evolved specific forms of resource such as mineral resources (as opposed to reserves) that may be indicated, inferred or measured.All adding clarity to our endeavours.
I know people can be frustrating to manage, mobilise, shortlist, engage, discipline, terminate, develop, organise, counsel, converseand liaise withetc; but I really don’t think it’s an option for HR practitioners, to simply drop the H, and expect to be understood let alone respected as the legitimate discipline we strive to be.
I’m just a little curious as to what trend setting,flash of brilliance inspired this wonderful innovation. Surely the academic or consulting fad machines haven’t depleted their resources (or is it reserves?) to that extent!
PS This is not the view of my employer or anyone else I know or would admit to knowing me!