Key Concepts in Human Resources Management is an essential guide to the theories and issues that define the field - from the critical debates to the more practical considerations that every student should be aware of.52 short entries will serve to orientate the student round the need-to-know essentials. Entries will include Employment Tribunals, Benefits, Corporate Social Responsibility, Discipline and Grievance, Control, Employee relations, Incentive schemes, Motivation, Organizational culture, Strategic HRM, Victimisation.A range of relevant HR applications will be given for each term.A selection of recommended readings are suggested for each entry.

Downsizing, Reorganisation, Outsourcing and Redundancy

Downsizing, reorganisation, outsourcing and redundancy

Downsizing means to reduce the number of employees in an organisation, usually in order to improve productivity. Reorganisation means rearranging the activities in the organisation usually in order to improve productivity. Outsourcing means sub-contracting an area of work to an outside specialist provider. Redundancy means the employer no longer needs the work done by particular employees.

The alternatives to downsizing are generally identified as including:

  • Resourcing linked to future needs for flexibility and adaptability among employees.
  • Training and development linked to the need to develop flexibility and rapidly changing skill/knowledge requirements.
  • Effective succession planning.
  • The effective use of redeployment within the organisation.
  • Encouraging intrepreneurship – motivating and encouraging existing employees (and managers) to develop new business ideas.
  • Undertaking a range of cost-saving ...

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