Workforce Management Practices: Evolution through Ages

Arun Kumar, Priyadarshani Singh



Management of today is relatively at liberty to concentrate on higher business issues, as the information age has bestowed them with advanced solutions of workforce management. This age is capitalizing on automated and integrated workforce management and optimization solutions. Not only has it eased the workforce management process but has also transformed the workforce management practices. It has transformed all the aspects of managing the complete workforce lifecycle. Workforce management has travelled a long journey.

The enigmas of workforce management can be unfold by exploring the workforce management from the very beginning. What were the workforce management practices in preceding ages, how did they evolve?

This paper analyses the four ages of civilization – hunter and gatherers (foragers), agrarians, industrial and information for workforce management functions with the lens of evolution. The paper intends to understand the evolutionary pattern of workforce management in order to align the practices in line with need of the day, and find a path to understand the future course, in approach and practice.

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International Journal of Human Resource Studies  ISSN 2162-3058


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