This paper analyses the human resources department of a Canadian multinational company called Alcan, in order to evaluate its HR functions.
Presently, the concept of human resources have taken an important place in the policies of not just organizations, but of governments as well. There are many functions related to human resources. It starts from having a strategy for recruitment, because finding the right employee to fill a certain job vacancy is an advantage. The hiring process comes next with applications being scrutinized and different levels of interviews being conducted. Then comes the actual selection process by which the best possible candidates become employees or trainees in the company. The next process is to train the new recruits. Training includes activities directly related to the nature of a person's job. Then comes training in areas that are common to all employees. They include code of conduct, avenues of career advancement, safety procedures, bonus and other compensation plans etc. Performance appraisal is also a part of the HR department's functions. Devising plans for promotions and redundancy and their implementation come next. Another important function is employer employee relations. Maintaining a good relationship with company trade unions is of crucial importance. Proper recording of all relevant data of the employee including personal data, attendance, performance appraisal, eligibility for bonus and promotions is also a responsibility of this department. Another area is maintaining confidential and self appraisal reports of the employees. One of the most important functions of HR department is handling the career development possibilities of its more productive employees.
Alcan was incorporated in 1902 as Northern Aluminum Company. At that time it was the largest aluminum company in Canada and the world's third largest, next to its parent company Alcoa. It was renamed as Aluminum Company of Canada in 1925, and separated from the parent company Alcoa in 1928. In 2001, the company was renamed as Alcan Inc. Alcan and Rio Tinto Aluminum joined forces in the year 2007 to create Rio Tinto Alcan, in order to create new leader in the aluminum business. Alcan Inc is a leading global material company delivering high quality products and services worldwide. Alcan provides world class technology and operation in bauxite mining, alumina processing, primary metal smelting, power generation, aluminum fabrication, engineered solutions, packaging materials, delivery increasing productivity, competitiveness and profitability to customers around the world. The organization's aim is to serve the interest and needs of global and regional customers in all aspects of the aluminum, fabrication and packaging markets in order to deliver best value to the company's shareholders. Alcan's head offices are at Montreal, Canada and Paris, France. It mainly focuses on corporate strategy and growth initiatives, human resources and strategic capital allocation, corporate governance and compliance function. Another important focus is developing a strong leader and empowering employees.
Alcan's strength is based on synergy of skilled people, market driven solution, advanced technology and its value creation.