Honors Program Theses


Honors Program Thesis (UNI Access Only)

First Advisor

Russell Guay, advisor


Personnel management--Public opinion; Generation Z--Attitudes;


This study aspires to explore and understand the perceptions of Human Resources (HR) from post-millennials as they prepare to enter the workforce. Previous publications have demonstrated a negative perception of the HR function, and this study serves to discover whether perceptions are changing. Further, the study aims to address the origins of and the reasonings behind any perceptions. Following a comprehensive literature review, an online survey was conducted with 106 College of Business Administration students at the University of Northern Iowa to gather their thoughts about the HR field. Results demonstrate that perceptions are becoming increasingly more positive, with the majority of these perceptions originating from personal experiences. However, results also suggest that there may be a disconnect between perceptions of the HR function and its actual purpose. This study is important because the HR function has been making great strides towards becoming a strategic business partner and therefore should be understood by those who will soon comprise a large portion of the workforce.

Year of Submission



Department of Management

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors

Date Original


Object Description

1 PDF file (26 pages)



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