HUMAN RESOURCES

5/2/2017

The industrial revolution created a special need for skilled workers that was slowly filled during the 20th century. Prior to that century, labor was acquired by slavery, apprenticeships, the offspring of the current workforce, and sending company agents to ports offloading immigrants. With such an increase in the manufacturing of finished goods, labor demands, especially specific talents in a particular field, skyrocketed. Thus, was born, the human resource department, a company created division within the structure of the organization. Their job was to find key personnel to fill a void created when the company expanded or developed new products. Interviews were held to compare multiple applicants to determine the best candidate. Psychology, a new field, was utilized to try and predict an individual’s ability to get along with others, along with record keeping to hold personal information and track the examiner’s selection. Later sexual behavior reared its unpredictable head, because one of the most powerful driving forces in life is procreation. In a contained area, with pheromones floating through the atmosphere and revealing fashionable attire, sexual arousal occurs. It is now up to the poor Human Resources department to pour ice cold water on the situations. The very term, Human Resources is an oxymoron, in that resources are valuable like timber, gold, and clean water, while humans are not. Human Resource directors have to juggle a lot of factors to get the job done, and on occasions, they make mistakes. An example of this was the hiring of Jeffrey Dahmer at Ambrose, a Chocolate Company, as a fudge packer. Jeffrey cleverly snuck past the psychological tests and was recruited. Had the HR members been more astute, they should have given him 12 ounces of carbonated water to drink rapidly. Immediately after, Jeffrey would have belched to relieve the pressure, and the smell of partially digested human flesh would have permeated the air, A RED FLAG! 

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