HR departments have changed a lot over recent decades. Previously they were known to serve two primary roles: hiring and firing. Slowly people are starting to realize the potential and power HR departments have within an organization. These changes create a situation of fear and uncertainty for those who have been mishandling their human resources given our new social culture. On the other hand, a properly developed HR can be the spark for major changes and improvements within the culture and management of resources for a company. From an administrative perspective as well as an employee perspective, we can all expect major changes to happen once everyone realizes the greatest growth potential is within an organization's human capital. This path can assist an employee in getting more from their HR department; assist the HR department in becoming a more efficient arm of the organization; or find ways both employee and HR can work together to develop a more effective and cohesive team.