Friday, 17 October 2008

HR v Personnel - reality or branding?

On one of the forums I 'frequent' there is a lot of discussion on the difference between HR and personnel. There are people that position one as proactive and strategic and the other as more maintenance and welfare. Sure the sentiments behind the drive and focus may well be true - however if there was any real difference other than a 'brand name' then wouldn't larger organisations have both HR & Personnel functions - or in the least use both job titles?

Certainly this is one of the many assignments people undertake as part of their CPP or other HR based qualification, or is it just that some authors are trying to sell books on the back of attempting to get students to differentiate between two sides of the same coin?

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