The primary objective of HRM is to ensure the availability of a competent and willing workforce to an organization. Beyond this, there are other objectives too. Specifically, HRM objectives are four fold-societal, organizational, functional and personal.
Societal Objectives:- To be socially responsible to the needs and challenges of the society while minimizing the negative impact of such demands upon the organization. The failure of organizations to use their resources for the benefit of society in ethical ways may lead to restrictions.
Organizational Objectives:- To recognize the role of HRM in bringing about organizational effectiveness. HRM is not an end in itself. It is only a means to assist the organization with its primary objectives. Simply stated, the department exists to serve the rest of the organization.
Functional Objectives:- To maintain the department’s contribution at a level appropriate to the needs of the organization. Resources are wasted when HRM is either more or less sophisticated to suit the organization’s demands. The department’s level of service must be tailored to fit the organization it serves.
Personal Objectives:- To assist employees in achieving their personal goals, at least insofar as these goals enhance the individual’s contribution to the organization. Personal objectives of employees must be met if workers are to be maintained, retained and motivated. Otherwise, employee performance and satisfaction may decline and employees may leave the organization.