Any guide to the people aspect in project management is incomplete without generic HR topics. Regardless of the nature of the project, managing the workforce remains a critical staff activity. Many project managers tend to ignore or underestimate such activities as they do not fall under the core project specifications or add directly to the bottom line. This is a cardinal mistake. Neglecting this important staff activity can lead to a dysfunctional workforce, leading to hold-ups, delays, poor quality of execution, and uncordial work atmosphere as well as other problems.
The major human resource support activities relevant to project management are conducting the recruitment and training process, managing and measuring performance, compensation and rewards, managing leaves, enforcing discipline, and ensuring legal compliance. The following articles shed more insight, and highlight how to perform such support functions well. Such tasks remain relevant throughout the project life cycle.
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