THE HISTORY of the human resource (HR) departments in India has been reactive rather than pro-active. The HR department has always looked outside for recognition. This could be because of its statutory origins. All the initial thrusts in HR came from statutory requirements, whether it was welfare, industrial relations or compensation. As a result, the HR managers rarely spoke with conviction of what they did or wanted to do. There was a certain defensiveness in their approach. Their attitudes were more reactive than active. Due to this, the HR managers were generally implementers rather than originators of ideas.
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