The professional practice of human resource management is still a relatively new idea. Until about a hundred years ago, companies and their employees muddled through as best they could, without codified protections or procedures for anyone involved. Exploitation was rampant.

Top talent

HR professionals make sure the goals of a company line up with the goals and needs of its employees. That means not only recruiting and hiring the best talent for the company and training them to work as a seamless part of the team, but also listening to feedback from current employees.

If managers or workers aren’t happy with the business relationship, everyone suffers, along with the bottom line. Good HR gets everyone on the same page. It’s responsive and receptive to change, whether in the boardroom or the mailroom.

The changing workforce

In fact, when problems arise, HR professionals are usually the ones to recommend and implement that change. No company can remain static, and no set of procedures will be flawless forever. HR can identify problems before they arise, leading carefully planned and executed adjustments to long-standing policies and familiarizing the entire chain of command with the new guidelines.

HR also recognizes and rewards productivity, loyalty and achievement and cultivates those characteristics among staff, helping all employees reach their full potential.