I appreciated your comments and contributions to this disscusion, Terry and Mark. I was thinking that all of the processing functions, such as retirements, pay and benefits, etc can either be contracted out or they can be aligned under the “Center of Organizational Connections” or “Center for Workplace Relations and Solutions” as some folks have suggested to replace the current Employees Relations and Labor Relations. If I am not mistaken, some large private companies have already contracted out their retirements, payroll and benefit functions. Of course, we are accustomed to the term “Human Resources” or “Human Capital Management” and may take more than a decade for a shift in how we think the “people” department should become! Like David said, the name is just like the book cover. We don’t know how it is like inside; therefore, once a new idea is accepted, hopefully all employees at all levels will have the opportunity to work together to determine what that “inside” might be. The change in name is just a way to attract new way of thinking which is to shift its focus from compliance and records keeping to employee engagement and satisfaction. It is more of a center for employee-focus driven, not management-focus driven!! Again, thanks for your participation in this discussion.
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