I would say that HR is the base of any organisation and Administrative work is followed after that.
An HR individual can handle Admin work but an Admin guy will not be able to handle HR functions.
8th February 2007 From India, Pune
I would also like to add comments from my side according to my understanding and knowledge.
In actual, there is a lot much difference between HR and administration but unfortunately smaller organizations or organizations with unclear HR concepts / functions mix it up with each other and thus such posts do arise like HR and Admin manager and thus instead of hiring and seperating these two post, they want to take the work of both these areas from a single person.
It was truly said that HR could perform the tasks of Administration which are of routine nature (e.g. transport management, vehicle problems handling in pharmaceutical organizations, construction or civil matters...etc) but the tasks performed by HR are definately specialized in nature (Like training and development according to the needs, performance appraisal, career management & succession planning, motivating and retaining employees....etc).
As far as the personnel managment is concerned, it is considered to be the old form of HR and older concept in which human side of employees was less viewed or focused.
Hopefully, I am able to clear the difference between all these.
9th February 2007 From Pakistan, Lahore
If we go through the defination of the Administration " TO CONTROL AND LOOK AFTER THE ORGANIZATION AS PER COMPANY POLICY. It is the administration who closely coordinate with the employees in all respect, so he under stand the capabilities and potiential of each and every employee. it is totally depand upon the capability of Administrator who can change the policies as per the environment, in fact it is admin who make the company policies as per requirement of the management.
10th February 2007 From China
Earlier, administration was a general term used to carryout, develop and control the systems of the country or organization. It was there in Beurucaratic Systems But with the emergence of HR, it has been realized that human aspect shouldn't be ignored as human is the asset of organization and organizations couldn't grow without the growth of its employees and thus now beurucratic system is at downfall with the rising HR Systems and Approach.
The tasks which I have mentioned in my previous reply for administration don't show that admin is closer to the employees instead its the HR which is more closer so its now HR which has to make sure that policies are made for the benefit of employees and are implemented as well.
I hope that I have cleared the differences in detail now but if it is not then please just have a look at the functions being performed by HR and administration in different well established organizations.
12th February 2007 From Pakistan, Lahore
Acc. to me, HR & Admin are reciprocal to each other and have their own domains
and acc. to companies nature of work one can lead other or can be taken care by one person.
Admin main responsibility:
1. Organization Structure : However HR Maintains this and regulary update thr' Trg. & Dev. afterwards
2. Material In/Out Sytems incl. issuing and Stock taking
3. houskeeping & Security
4. Accountancy & Various Returns like Income Tax, Excise etc.
5. Banking finacial operations
6. purchasing /sales
7. Production Planning
8. Tranportaion for Staff/workers.
9. Making policies in view of Labour laws (HR person will be guide for this)
will love to receive comments from viewers on this
9th April 2010 From India, Mumbai
But i read that an administrator will also hire people and manage day to day activities, which one is correct and some people are saying that Administrator belongs to top management.
can any one help me with a clear explanation
10th April 2010 From India, Hyderabad