Biblical Principles and Military Human Resource Management
The ethical aspect appears to be a vital link in forming a particular organization’s HRM system. Winston claims that HRM’s ethics is essential from the point of view of Christian doctrine. The first principle is the equality system; modern command often treats its subordinates as human resources. In this state of affairs, the employees are perceived as belonging to a particular class, slightly different from other resources. Considering the principles of governance based on the Christian view of the world, Winston approves of hierarchical models. This policy requires adherence to stepwise interaction between management levels; in the case of the U.S. Navy, it is a command hierarchy. The hierarchy principle is the vertical division of managerial labor, the separation of commander levels, and lower management levels’ subordination to higher levels. This principle needs to be acknowledged when building a management apparatus, placing personnel, and forming organizational management structures.
Furthermore, one of the most important principles in HRM from the U.S. Navy perspective is discipline. It is an integral principle of power; in the Bible, it is stated – “for the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.” It should be present in every control system at each level. Discipline is the unconditional fulfillment of official duties, instructions of the head, orders, education, and directive documents. The degree of discipline significantly influences the culture of management. Moreover, the principle of humanity can also be implemented. Human labor is a vital necessity; it is impossible without a specific order, division, cooperation, stimulation and motivation, and establishing a person’s place and functions.