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What is Personnel Management?

Malcolm Tatum
Updated May 16, 2024
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In many organizations, there are one or more people who are responsible for managing the welfare and performance of everyone within the organization. This task of overseeing programs and setting policies that affect everyone associated with the organization can be referred to as personnel management. It sometimes is referred to as human resources (HR) management as well.

The function of a personnel manager usually begins with the staffing process. He or she might be focused on screening and interviewing applicants, with an eye toward placing individuals with the right skill sets in the right position within the organization. The HR manager might also oversee, or at least be involved in, the creation of entry-level training programs as well as continuing-education opportunities for people who are already working for the organization.

Determining the organization's policies and procedures as they relate to personnel is another important aspect of personnel management. HR functions for companies often include drafting vacation, sick leave and bereavement policies that apply to all employees. The personnel management team also might be responsible for administering the benefits that are provided to employees, such as health insurance plans.

Another aspect of many organizations that is part of personnel management is the drafting of a handbook for employees or anyone else in the organization. Establishing policies and procedures, requirements for employment, commendation and disciplinary procedures and even things such as dress codes must be compared with legal guidelines before a handbook is ready to be issued. Personnel managers and HR staff members often must draft and review the organization's handbook.

A sometimes-overlooked aspect of personnel management is the emotional welfare of the people in the organization. Many personnel managers understand that a happy, well-adjusted employee can be an asset to a company. To this end, many personnel managers try to provide opportunities for people who are in need of counseling to receive treatment. This often involves scheduling time during working hours for counseling sessions and perhaps paying for the cost if it is not covered by insurance.

Depending on the size of the organization, it might be possible for one person to handle all of the personnel management functions. As an organization grows, however, it might be necessary to expand from a single personnel manager to a personnel management team. Although this adds to the cost, many organizations have found that overseeing the welfare of their personnel ultimately benefits the organization financially.

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Malcolm Tatum
By Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing to become a full-time freelance writer. He has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including SmartCapitalMind, and his work has also been featured in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and newspapers. When not writing, Malcolm enjoys collecting vinyl records, following minor league baseball, and cycling.
Discussion Comments
By anon276420 — On Jun 23, 2012

What is the role of the personnel manager to the students?

By anon255552 — On Mar 18, 2012

What are the basic principles in personnel management? More explanation please.

By anon181497 — On May 29, 2011

what are the ten rules performed by HR managers?

By anon173772 — On May 08, 2011

Please tell me about the difference between two organizations where one has an HR Department and other has no HR Department. what will happen?

By anon166509 — On Apr 08, 2011

why do we say efficient personnel administration?

By anon163448 — On Mar 28, 2011

please explain what is the welfare aspect of personnel management.

By anon133270 — On Dec 10, 2010

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By anon105762 — On Aug 22, 2010

please explain the inter relationship between internal and external personnel management.

By Djojo — On May 26, 2010

A personnel manager cannot be effective without implementing the function of personnel management. Discuss?

By preeti03 — On May 14, 2010

Do let me know about personnel management and economic reforms.

By anon82927 — On May 08, 2010

Please critically illustrate the difference between personnel management and human resource management.

By anon69773 — On Mar 10, 2010

what is the difference between HRD and HRM?

By anon68592 — On Mar 03, 2010

When was Personnel Management developed? Date?

By anon58713 — On Jan 04, 2010

what is the difference between personnel management and HRM?

By anon52928 — On Nov 17, 2009

what is the growth outlook for a personnel manager?

By anon49615 — On Oct 21, 2009

What is the distinct difference between personnel management and HR?

By anon48165 — On Oct 10, 2009

what is the difference between personnel management and catering management?

By anon45261 — On Sep 15, 2009

What is the significance of Human Resources?

By anon44869 — On Sep 11, 2009

what is the difference between personnel management and public administration?

By romenmahfuz — On Aug 27, 2009

what is the difference between personnel management and HRM?

By anon43327 — On Aug 27, 2009

can you please tell me if personal management and Human resources management are both are the same?

By anon42452 — On Aug 21, 2009

list and explain five personnel functions.

By anon41945 — On Aug 18, 2009

what can be the difference between personnel management and HRM?

By anon39769 — On Aug 04, 2009

What are the risks that an IS auditor must consider in this particular area? Thanks.

By anon39730 — On Aug 04, 2009

Please explain the following terms in personnel management.

1. Comparative method; 2. Paired comparison; 3. Ranking; 4. Forced distribution

By anon36289 — On Jul 11, 2009

what are the natures of personnel management??

By anon36124 — On Jul 10, 2009

can you please tell me if personal management & Human resources management are both are the same

By anon21710 — On Nov 20, 2008

Traditionally, personnel departments have not been held in the highest ... Why is this the case?

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By anon13233 — On May 22, 2008

Please explain the following terms in personnel management.

1. Comparative method

2. Paired comparison

3. Ranking

4. Forced distribution

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