One way or another, all employees are managed. But approaches to managing employees varying from employee-to-employee, job-to-job, manager-to-manager, organization-to-organization, and country-to-country. This course provides a foundation for developing your own approach to skillfully managing employees by illustrating alternative human resource management (HRM) strategies, introducing the importance of the legal context, and thinking about what motivates employees. This will then give you the factual and conceptual basis for developing specific, critical HRM skills in subsequent courses on hiring employees, managing performance, and rewarding employees. Don't know anything about HRM? That's OK! Leave this course with a new-found understanding of the range of options available for managing employees, a grasp of what makes workers tick, and the readiness to develop your own HRM skills.
Alternative Approaches to Managing Human Resources Welcome to the first week of this course! This section starts with an introduction to the course, and then we'll spend two lessons looking at alternative ways of managing human resources. After completing this module, you will be able to… • Explain why managing people is important. • Compare strategies for managing human resources. • Evaluate the fit between an organization’s HR strategy, a manager’s style(s), and the business environment. • Recommend strategies and styles for managing people in a particular situation.
What Makes Employees Work? Money, Of Course! Welcome to the second module of this course! We'll be focusing on the monetary reasons for working, and the lessons for managers that result. After completing this module, you will be able to… • Explain how money can motivate some workers. • Identify key managerial concerns if workers are self-interested and view work economically. • Develop strategies for addressing these key concerns using insights from economics.
What Makes Employees Work Revisited...Non-Monetary Motivations Welcome to the third module of this course! We'll be focusing on the non-monetary reasons for working, and the lessons for managers that result. After completing this module, you will be able to… • Explain at least four different reasons that people work not related to money. • Identify key managerial concerns when workers work for different non-monetary reasons.• Develop strategies for addressing these key concerns using insights from psychology and sociology. • Justify the (in)application of insights from economics, psychology, and sociology in different situations.
The People Manager as Part of a Complex System Welcome to the fourth and final module of this course! In this section, we'll finish laying a foundation for managing human resources by looking at the constraints faced by managers, especially the legal environment. After completing this module, you will be able to… • Explain at least four constraints that influence how human resources are managed in a particular organization. • Compare the ways in which the law does and does not see employment as a typical contractual relationship. • Create a list of legal and illegal HRM practices in your country. • Judge when to use strategies for managing people that go beyond what the law requires.
MOOCs stand for Massive Open Online Courses. These arefree online courses from universities around the world (eg. StanfordHarvardMIT) offered to anyone with an internet connection.
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Dear Professor Budd,
thank you very much for this excellent course indeed.
It will help me to fresh up my 19 years of HRM education and experience in my 35 Netherlands Army career and find an HRM job now that I am retired from the Army. That is why I signed up for all 5 of the courses in one package and this first
Dear Professor Budd,
thank you very much for this excellent course indeed.
It will help me to fresh up my 19 years of HRM education and experience in my 35 Netherlands Army career and find an HRM job now that I am retired from the Army. That is why I signed up for all 5 of the courses in one package and this first course for sure did not disappoint me at all. Most of the content was already known to me from my HRM experience, but now I know the right civil HRM business language, which is different fro my Army Jargon. But I have also learned a few new things and I am looking forward very much to the next one! My age is counting 59 springtimes, but one is never too old to learn new stuff!
The didactical quality, the way of clear teaching was outstanding and comparable with Netherlands Army teaching standards, clearly recognizable!
Perhaps you allow me to make a positively meant feedback for improvement on 2 topics. Although my English language skills are not too bad, sometimes the speed of speaking was way to fast, it felt like rushing through the content, I would strongly prefer a lower speed. Secondly, this HRM course was profoundly connected to "Business" and was lacking an equal part of "non-profit HRM" or "Public Service HRM"
Thank Dr. Budd for this course! It is really interesting and very helpful. It help me to improve my knowledge. I try to keep my HR knowledge up to date and that course is that I was liking for. It contain not only lecture, it have a task/homework. You can think about you, your job, work with people grime other countries. I recommend this course to anyone!
This course has been amazing. Dr. Budd fosters an atmosphere of belonging and inclusion, and he's super competent, accessible, and friendly. As a current practitioner of HR, looking to keep my knowledge up to date, I have been amazed at the quality content of this course and Dr. Bus's uncanny ability to teach very clearly. I recommend this course to anyone!
It was a great course, with and excellent professor, J. Budd did a great job, the course content es very instructional, notwithstanding the most of the information is related to the US, the concepts and principles are very useful, thank you so much for the opportunity to learn something really important.
Preparing to Manage Human Resources is an information rich module, and the content delivery by Professor John Budd was just brilliant. This was an enjoyable course but also an unexpected surprise. The information I gained from this module was more than I hoped for. I would recommend to other students that you allow a f
Preparing to Manage Human Resources is an information rich module, and the content delivery by Professor John Budd was just brilliant. This was an enjoyable course but also an unexpected surprise. The information I gained from this module was more than I hoped for. I would recommend to other students that you allow a few more study hours than the recommended 4-5 hour per week, if you want to make the most out of this course. This is a five star course with out a doubt.
This class did a really good job of providing a foundation. Taking this course actually helped me reach our to our HR team to address a particularly egregious management issue. And there is an exercise that was particularly helpful in pulling out the theoretical information the course addressed and put it into practice.
This course takes a three pronged approach to managing people, which I have never seen in any other course work I have pursued. As an experienced manager of people with over 25 years experience I would recommend this course to seasoned managers as well as new managers.
I would recommend it not only for HR beginners but to all HR practitioners who wants to update themselves. New HR insights are explained from different perspective - most students come from different countries with different HR practices.
This course is very beneficial if you want to learn more about HR. It gives you a broad overview of the field. Some of the laws mentioned do not apply in my country, but it is good to know what laws are implemented outside my country.
Interesting, high-quality course with a great instructor. Helpful and diverse community of learners within the course too. Learning a lot and am able to apply some of the concepts right away to my job and work environment.
An insightful course that has enabled me to gain new knowledge whilst providing a lot of food for thought. The course is well paced and delivered well with some relevant examples that help me understand the topic better.