Auditing Your Human Resources Department

A Step-by-Step Guide to Assessing the Key Areas of Your Program

 Auditing Your Human Resources Department

Author: John H. McConnell
Pub Date: July 2011
Print Edition: $79.95
Print ISBN: 9780814416617
Page Count: 304
Format: Hardback
Edition: Second Edition
e-Book ISBN: 9780814416624

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About This Book

For over 75 years, the American Management Association has been providing services and products to improve the skills and knowledge of professional managers. These have included workshops, seminars, training courses, consulting, research studies, and publications.

In the 1970s, AMACOM (AMA’s publishing division) developed a series of self- evaluation guides for major organizational functions. One of those was How to Audit the Personnel Department. The book was used extensively by professional managers, human resources professionals, college professors, and consultants.

By the early 1980s, personnel’s role within organizations had evolved to that of a strategic partner and equal member of senior management. Simultaneously, its name changed to human resources to more accurately describe its enhanced function.

Users of the book requested a new version that reflected these changes, and in 1986 a second edition, How to Audit the Human Resources Department, was published. The edition used the same self-evaluating format as the original, but the content was updated. That edition proved to be even more useful.

Human resources continued to evolve strategically and professionally. By 1999, it was recognized that another version of the book was needed. That edition retained the self-evaluation process but created a completely new and more user-friendly format.

Now, 11 years later, human resources has established itself as an integral and vital partner in an organization’s strategic planning and operations. Its level of professionalism has increased, and the function now uses complex systems and metrics to implement and measure performance. Responding to these changes, AMACOM recognizes the need for an updated self-audit of human resources.

This edition recognizes the many changes that have occurred in human resources since 1999. It has retained the self-audit procedure but provides for more complex responses. Simultaneously, the scoring system has been revised to reflect the increased professionalism and sophistication of the function, and it makes use of technology developments to simplify the audit process while allowing for a more comprehensive evaluation. In addition, the procedure for customizing the results for your organization has been expanded, and additional information has been provided for creating appropriate development plans.

All of these changes have been made to increase the usefulness of the audit. We believe this new edition will be a major assist for anyone interested in arriving at a realistic evaluation of the human resources function and in developing specific programs for making maximum use of their human resources strengths and correcting areas needing improvement.

To further assist, the book is accompanied by a CD-ROM, which contains the key areas of the auditing process: “The Categories” and the four audit steps.

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