Human Resource Development

Human resource development can be a stand-alone function or a part of function within human resource department, human resource wheel. It is established when there are greater diversities in the workforce, more people involved in knowledge work, greater expectations in meaningful work and employee involvement, and shifts in nature between employees and organizations (Pat Mclagan).
Related to human resource wheel, three primary functions of human resource development have been identified as follow:
A.    Training and development:
B.    Organizational development:
C.    Career development:

 An essential part of your overall management strategy should be to consider how HRD can help your organisation fulfil its mission. Looking at HRD from this strategic perspective will help you focus on the relationship between human resources and your organisation's mission, strategies, and objectives.
Often, people view HRD as having a limited, administrative role focused on salaries, benefits, personnel policies and procedures, job descriptions, and training. While this administrative role is very important and an essential part of an HRD system, you should not limit the role of human resources to these activities. HRD should:
•    Be a strategic partner in developing and attaining organisational goals and strategies;
•    Act as an administrative expert in establishing and managing administrative policies, procedures, and structures;
•    Represent and support employees;
•    Be a change agent for the organisation

pdf icon The Primary Functions of Human Resource Development

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