This is not a text book. It is what one person has learnt over more than half a century in a range of industries, locations and positions. It is designed to be read easily by anyone interested in a career in industrial relations or human resources or who is just curious as to what this vaguely understood activity is all about.
I’ve tried to write in the conversational style I would use if I were sitting with you in an office or a tutorial room. Each page contains only one or two thoughts, so some pages are quite short. That’s to help you think about what I have to say.
I’ve tried to cover the full ambit of the industrial officer role so, naturally, it has not been possible in a book of this size to address every aspect in full detail. Where I think it might be useful, I’ve referred to the works of other authors that deal with some subjects in much greater detail than I do here.
Why ‘The Naked Industrial Officer title’?
I use the name ‘industrial officer’, even though it is somewhat outdated in many organisations. I use it to cover all positions that fall within the ranks of the industrial relations profession.
I have used the word ‘naked’ in the title as I will be attempting to strip away much of the mystery that surrounds industrial relations in the eyes of other branches of management. And for those who are new to the profession.