Business Management - Human resource management: changes in technology
Changes in technology
Organisations must ensure that they use the latest technology to maintain
their competitive advantage or edge and so that they can keep costs
down as low as possible by taking advantage of cost efficiencies and
economies of scale. There are many forms that this technology can take,
from machine technology to information technology, and management must
research all trends and developments in these areas and assess their
relative significance to the organisation.
Advantages and costs of technology. Animation.
The introduction of new technology usually brings with it a need to
undertake an assessment of workplace job designs and job specifications.
Some jobs no longer need to be performed whilst new jobs evolve from the
introduction of the technology into the workplace. Organisations need to
alter training requirements to meet the needs that must be addressed if the
new technology is to be used effectively and in order to retrain their
employees for alternate jobs in the workplace. Assistance must be provided
to those employees who find themselves de-skilled and those who need to be
multi-skilled or cross-skilled.
Management of organisations must alter their employment policies
accordingly and take into account the many impacts that technology has on
all aspects of the employment cycle from recruitment and selection through
to termination of employment.
Management of organisations may introduce a computerised database on
employees and workforce trends generally. Such a human resource information
system would take into account changes related to all aspects of the
employment cycle and assist management with their planning and
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