Read the article below about the changing role of human resources departments.
The best person for the job
Employees can make a business succeed or fail, so the people who choose themhave a vital role to play.
Employees are a company's new ideas, its public face and its main asset. Hiring the right people is therefore a significant factor in a company's success.(0) G If the human resources department makes mistakes with hiring, keeping and dismissing staff, a business can disappear overnight. Many companies now realise that recruiting the best recruiters is the key to success.
Sarah Choi, Head of HR at Enco pic, believes that thinking commercially is a key quality in HR. Every decision an HR manager makes needs to be relevant to advancing the business. (8) ...C.....That's no longer the case. HR managers have to think more strategically these days. They continually need to think about the impact of their decisions on the bottom line. (9).....F... For example,a chief executive will expect the HR department to advise on everything from the headcount to whether to proceed with an acquisition.
Why do people go into HR in the first place? Choi has a ready answer. I think most people in the profession are attracted by a long-term goal.(10)....D......Nothing happens in the company which isn't affected by or doesn't impact on its employees, so the HR department is a crucial part of any business.
Not all operational managers agree. An informal survey of attitudes to HR departments that was carried out last year by a leading business journal received comments such as "What do they actually contribute?"(11).....A..... As Choi points out, salaries have never been higher and, in addition, HR managers often receive substantial annual bonuses.
Despite the financial rewards, HR managers often feel undervalued, and this is a major reason for many leaving their jobs.(12)...E......However, a lack of training and development is a more significant factor. These days, good professional development opportunities are considered an essential part of an attractive package,Choi explains.
A But rising levels of remuneration demonstrate that the profession's growing importance is widely recognised.
B At one time, a professional qualification was required in order to progress to the top of HR.
C Other departments and senior executives used to see HR managers as having a purely administrative role.
D Since it's one of the few areas where you can see the whole operation, it can lead to an influential role on the board.
E Being seen as someone who just ticks off other people's leave and sick days does not help build a sense of loyalty.
F They therefore need to be competent in many aspects of a company's operations.
G On the other hand, recruiting the wrong staff can lead to disaster.
這篇文章的標題有些misleading，“The best people for the job”，還以為是招人的標準。其實這篇文章是關于Human resource的，所以還是要適當關注文章前的說明：the article below about the changing role of human resources departments.
第八題，空格后面的“That's no longer the case”是很重要的提示。由于空格前面一直在強調commercial和business，所以在空缺的地方應該是和另一個方面相關的內容。選項C的administrative role正好滿足這個要求。前后文意思搭配在一起完全吻合。
第九題，后面的for example的很關鍵，是對前面的補充說明。“For example,a chief executive will expect the HR department to advise on everything from the headcount to whether to proceed with an acquisition.”總裁希望人力資源經理對一切事情提出建議，從人數統計到是否進行收購。這種要求就需要人力資源經理具備很多才能。所以F的句子填在這里最合適。
第十題，答案稍微不那么明顯，不過D句中的an influential role可以和第十題的空格后的a crucial part相對應，算是答案信號。要從整體上把握第三段，這里認為HR manager 的影響是全局的、長期的，所以D句的“see the whole operation”符合情況。
第十一題，理解前后文的意思，前面說過去的operational managers不那么認可HR manager的作用，后面指出HR managers掙得多，所以中間是轉折的意思。A句的But是個信號，“上漲的薪酬水平意味著這個職位逐漸增加的重要性得到了廣泛的認可。”意思和前后都吻合，所以是正確答案。