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Employee Relations

Employee Relations

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Human resources play a major role in employee relations by ensuring effective communication and cooperation between management and employees. If a labor union is organized within a company, a very formal set of relationships exists between employees and management.
Human resources play a major role in employee relations by ensuring effective communication and cooperation between management and employees. If a labor union is organized within a company, a very formal set of relationships exists between employees and management.

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play a major role in employee relations by ensuring effective communication andcooperation between management and employees. If a labor union is organized within a company, avery formal set of relationships exists between employees and management. The human resourcesworkers responsible for employee relations assist in negotiating labor contracts with the union anddeal with employee activities and problems that relate to the contract. If employees are notrepresented by a union, human resources still performs the same types of activities, but usually in aless formal way. The flattened organizations of today mean fewer managers. Businesses expectemployees to take more responsibility for their own work. Work teams made up of employees andmanagers are taking responsibility for many decisions once made only by managers. These decisionsinclude hiring, determining how work will be performed, and improving work procedures. Humanresources personnel help to prepare people for their new responsibilities and develop supportingmaterials, training, and computerized forms and procedures to help the teams successfully performtheir new tasks. Another important area of employee relations is assuring that the company complieswith all equal-employment and affirmative-action laws. In addition, human resources personnel workwith employees and managers to prepare people for future job openings and promotions, as well ashelp them work cooperatively with each other despite individual differences. Companies are mostsuccessful when all employees have access to any job for which they are qualified and whendiscrimination is not a part of employment decisions or the daily work environment.Illnesses and injuries among employees are expensive for companies. If employees are unhealthy orinjured, they may not be able to work. Other employees will have to complete that work, or thecompany must hire temporary employees to do it. Also, the cost of insurance and health care rises asthe number of employee illnesses and injuries increases. Expensive insurance is harmful to both theemployee and the company. Substance abuse can greatly increase injuries on the job. Workers under
 
 
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the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol have reduced dexterity and impaired judgment. As a result,they may ignore safety procedures or be unable to perform them properly. Substance abuse alsolowers worker productivity and increases absenteeism. The human resources department isresponsible for maintaining safe work areas and work procedures, enforcing laws and regulationsrelated to safety and health, and providing adequate education and training in health and safety.Most human resources departments provide regular safety training, place safety posters andmaterials in the workplace to remind workers to follow safety procedures, and monitor proceduresto identify and correct possible safety problems. They also collect and report data on work-relatedinjuries and illnesses to be sure the company and employees are well informed about the level of safety in the company and in each department. Companies often reward work units that operate fora specific amount of time without a job related injury. Companies sometimes promote good healthby maintaining a smoke-free environment and offering help for employees to stop smoking througheducation programs, support groups, and even financial bonuses. To reduce employee absences andcut insurance costs, many companies organize wellness and fitness programs, build and staff fitnesscenters, and pay for employees to enroll in health education classes.

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