Human resource is the bookkeeping term widely used to refer to people in a work environment. Managers employ human resources to achieve their objectives and the Human Resources (HR) function supports managers in all aspects having to do with these human resources.
The scope of the HR function encompasses all activities required to get and keep the right individuals on board and to equip them to be successful (the people side of HR), while at the same time helping to build strong teams of individuals, capable of dividing and coordinating the work amongst each other (the organization side of HR).
The Powerhouse Framework (People & Organization Working to Enhance Results) outlines the six key tasks of the HR function, showing each as an ongoing cycle, all linked together. The six can be read as a 2X3 matrix. The upper three cycles deal with the organization side of HR, while the lower three focus on the people side. The left two cycles are about design activities (structuring), the middle two about development activities (growing), and the right two about deliver activities (mobilizing).
The six cycles of HR are the following: