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Human Resource - Nature


The emergence of human resource management can be attributed to the writings of the human relationists who attached great significance to the human factor. Lawrence Appley remarked, - Management is personnel administration?. This view is partially true as management is concerned with the efficient and effective use of both human as well as non-human resources. Thus human resource management is only a part of the management process. At the same time, it must be recognised that human resource management is inherent in the process of management. This function is performed by all the managers. A manager to get the best of his people, must undertake the basic responsibility of selecting people who will work under him and to help develop, motivate and guide them. However, he can take the help of the specialised services of the personnel department in discharging this responsibility.

The nature of the human resource management has been highlighted in its following features :

  • Inherent Part of Management
  • Pervasive Function
  • Basic to all Functional Areas
  • People Centered
  • Personnel Activities or Functions
  • Continuous Process
  • Based on Human Relations