Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Empowerment of human resource

Human resource is wealth. It was considered wealth in ancient times. The true wealth of the great patriarch Abraham who lived in BC was estimated by the number of his slaves. Size of his cattle and gold and silver were other two components. He had no land of his own. Still he was considered to be wealthy. During ancient times, farming and war were two major occupations. Farming to sustain living and war to protect themselves and all they had. Both needed human resource. After wards, it seems that people got a wrong notion that money (gold and silver) is wealth. Wisdom is wealth is a true concept. Wisdom is also a human resource. But the single fact of being born and brought up in a particular race won’t make anybody wealthy.

Now we know that all means of creating wealth and fighting war use human resource. Human resource is the basis of wealth and war.

In ancient India, occupations were divided on the basis of cast system. Cast system was a of division of occupation. Or otherwise, it was the wisdom of the ancients for effective human resource management. It turned out to be not a blessing for the majority. The ruled and ruling class gradually developed. The division of occupation was permanent for generations. Labour itself was divided into noble and ignoble. Even modern India is suffering from the negative influence of this human resource management based on cast system. Still it was a kind of human resource management. The ancient Indians formed a management system for human resource tells us of its importance.

Today India is considered to be a large market for trade and business. The consideration is based on the human resource available in India. Customers and employees are available in India. The population of a country is a double sided sword now. It is a threat to a nation – the nation has to occupy, feed and protect them. At the same time, population is a blessing – it makes the nation a large market for trade and business. A nation can prosper or impoverish on the basis of human resource management. Every nation should have a special programme to manage human resource for its prosperity.

In India, compulsory pension scheme is practiced by the Government sector. The private sector does not practice compulsory pension scheme. But the public sector (Government sector) still practices it. Compulsory pension scheme is foolish and disastrous. Compulsory pension at a particular age (in Kerala state, India, the compulsory pension age is 56), is rejecting human resource that can be used for the prosperity of the country. It may be argued that the high population in India will never create any shortage of human resource. But availability is not a wise excuse for wastage.

Human was resource was the strength of King Alexander, the English Empire and all wars fought, failed and won. Human resource is the backbone of every business or industrial firm. It is the strength of social and religious organizations.

Human resources are:

1.       Physical strength
2.       Intellectual capacity
3.       Strength of the mind
4.       Emotional strength

Managing human resource is: Engaging human resource and Empowering human resource

Engaging or appointing people is the easiest way to add human resource. It is addition of content. People are readily available human resources. Sufficient number of ministers gives sound sleep to a king. There is a solution to every problem.

Equally important to adding content is empowering human resource. Human resource that an employer added is raw materials. We can use it as it is or empower it.

Empowering is for:

Refining human resource
Sharpening human resource
Discovering human resource

Refine the raw resource so that it will be useful in our firm.
Sharpen it for a better result.
Discover hidden abilities in a particular person.

By the above mentioned three methods of empowerment we can multiply human resource.
Multiplying human resource is equivalent to adding more human resources
It is engaging empowered resources in a particular person.

When we empower human resources we are:

Multiplying human resource
Multiplying time
Multiplying wealth

Every employee is a condensed stock of human resource. The employer can refine, sharpen and discover the human resource.
Wise employers empower their employees.

How shall we empower human resources? Let us read it in another blog.

Further readings:

Professor Jacob Abraham

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