Human resource

Human resource management (HRM) is the process of managing people within an organisation. In construction, HRM is primarily concerned with ensuring that a project has sufficient human resources, with the correct skill-sets and experience, for the project to be successfully completed.

HR managers have to be able to identify and document project roles and responsibilities, and develop a plan describing the end-to-end processes that will be required on a project (or series of projects) in order to determine its human resource requirements.

HRM typically involves the following core activities:

Role analysis.

Role specification.

Workforce planning.

Recruitment and selection of temporary and permanent staff as required.

Training and development.

Performance management.

Compensation (remuneration).

Legal issues.

Managing employee payroll, benefits and compensation.

Communicating with employees.

Resolving disputes.

Evaluating performance.

Managing employee relations.

Ensuring equal opportunities.

Making sure staff facilities are suitable and well-maintained.

Some HRM functions can be outsourced to external suppliers, such as those involving payroll functions, background checking, benefits administration, training, the production of employee handbooks and so on.