Modernising Human Resource Management in Times of Financial Crisis: What Priorities to Maintain Capacity with Limited Resources
Journal of Human Resource Management
Volume 2, Issue 1, February 2014, Pages: 9-15
Received: Jan. 23, 2014; Published: Feb. 28, 2014
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Danielle Bossaert, European Institute of Public Administration, Maastricht, Netherlands
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Currently and in the next few decades, national public services1 of the EU Member States will be confronted with a smaller and older workforce due to demographic change, downsizing, and restructuring. The effects of this trend are less capacity, risks of skill obsolescence, of lower performance and of productivity and know-how loss. In that context, HRM in the European public services needs to play a stronger role by using more effectively the skills and competencies of its current and future workforce. Against this background, the article discusses common European priorities in the fields of HR planning, career management, skills development and training, which are needed to also maintain in future a competent and high quality public service.
Financial Crisis, More Limited Resources, Human Resource Management, Development of Skills and Competencies
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Danielle Bossaert, Modernising Human Resource Management in Times of Financial Crisis: What Priorities to Maintain Capacity with Limited Resources, Journal of Human Resource Management. Vol. 2, No. 1, 2014, pp. 9-15. doi: 10.11648/j.jhrm.20140201.12
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