The paper "Human Resource Management Issues at Arrium Mining and Materials" is a great example of a case study on human resources. Arrium was established in 2007 after being spun off from One Steel Company. The company has established wide operations in the field of mining, recycling, and manufacturing and operates subsidiaries across Australia. Its growth and expansion in recent times has brought about various changes in the way the company operates. Of particular importance is the human resource function of the company. With over 8,000 employees, the company faces the challenge of aligning the needs of its workforce with its overall corporate objectives in the mining and manufacturing sector.
This report examines the salient features of human resource management practices at Arrium. It also offers recommendations on how the situation can be improved. The report is divided into three distinct sections. The first section provides detailed information on the background of the company. Information about the general practice, history, and salient human resource management practices in the company are presented in this section. The second section of the report presents a detailed outline of all the human resource management issues faced by the company.
The impacts of different human resource management issues are presented in relation to theoretical knowledge and practical aspects experienced in the company. These issues include talent management, the productivity of employees; leadership issues of the human resources of the company; and lastly, communication and representation of the employees. In the third section, recommendations on how best the company should handle the human resource management issues highlighted in the previous section are presented. These recommendations entail possible solutions and actions which the management of the company can consider as part of official policies for the organization. 2.0 Background Information Arrium has had a long history of operating in Australia.
With the total number of employees reaching 10,000 at the beginning of this year, the company has established itself as a multinational mining and materials company (Arrium, 2013). Initially, the company was established as a local manufacturer and distributor of steel products in both Australia and New Zealand. However, following its growth and expansion strategy, the company has managed to diversify its operations to cover the global resources sector in mining consumables and exportation of iron ore outside Australia (Arrium, 2013).
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