Wharton On Human Resource: The HR Contribution

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Executive Summary

From addressing day-to-day employee issues like hiring, promotion, and compensation to handling larger potential crises such as layoffs and restructuring during a merger, Human Resources plays a critical role in the life of a company. As the workplace evolves, so do the needs of managers and employees; and HR departments need to stay ahead of that curve. How can companies retain talent in an increasingly competitive global business environment? What factors contribute to employee burnout? How can companies make use of an aging workforce with little means for retirement? And how does the rising tide of M&A activity ultimately affect employee morale? The Knowledge@Wharton stories compiled in this paper examine these issues.

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