The Scope of HRM is so wide and varied that the HR department and the personnel executives typically perform a variety of roles in accordance with the needs of a situation. The HR manager plays multiple roles like the role of a researcher,role of a counsellor, role of a bar gainer, role of a mediator, role of peacemaker, role of a problem  solver etc. The functional areas of Human Resource Management as outlined by Northcott:
·       Employment
·       Selection and Training
·       Employee Services
·       Wages
·       Industrial Relations
·       Health and Safety
·       Education
“Management is a multipurpose organ which has three jobs, two of which are directly related to personnel: managing a business; managing managers; and managing workers and the work”.


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