Last edited 03 Aug 2018

Human resource management in construction


[edit] Introduction

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.

[edit] Challenges in construction

The construction industry is one of the most complex sectors within which to manage people:

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