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Working As A Head Of Human Resources

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $142,850

    Average Salary

What Does A Head Of Human Resources Do

Human resources managers plan, direct, and coordinate the administrative functions of an organization. They oversee the recruiting, interviewing, and hiring of new staff; consult with top executives on strategic planning; and serve as a link between an organization’s management and its employees. 

Duties

Human resources managers typically do the following:

  • Plan and coordinate an organization’s workforce to best use employees’ talents
  • Link an organization’s management with its employees
  • Plan and oversee employee benefit programs
  • Serve as a consultant with other managers advising them on human resource issues, such as equal employment opportunity and sexual harassment
  • Coordinate and supervise the work of specialists and support staff
  • Oversee an organization’s recruitment, interview, selection, and hiring processes
  • Handle staffing issues, such as mediating disputes and directing disciplinary procedures

Every organization wants to attract, motivate, and keep qualified employees and match them to jobs for which they are well suited. Human resources managers accomplish this by directing the administrative functions of human resource departments. Their work involves overseeing employee relations, regulatory compliance, and employee-related services such as payroll, training, and benefits. They supervise the department’s specialists and support staff and ensure that tasks are completed accurately and on time. 

Human resources managers also consult with top executives regarding the organization’s strategic planning. They identify ways to maximize the value of the organization’s employees and ensure that they are used as efficiently as possible. For example, they might assess worker productivity and recommend changes to the organization’s structure to help it meet budgetary goals. 

Some human resources managers oversee all aspects of an organization’s human resources department, including the compensation and benefits or training and development programs. In many larger organizations, these programs are directed by specialized managers, such as compensation and benefits managers and training and development managers. 

The following are examples of types of human resources managers:

Labor relations directors, also called employee relations managers, oversee employment policies in union and nonunion settings. They draw up, negotiate, and administer labor contracts that cover issues such as grievances, wages, benefits, and union and management practices. They also handle labor complaints between employees and management and coordinate grievance procedures. 

Payroll managers supervise the operations of an organization’s payroll department. They ensure that all aspects of payroll are processed correctly and on time. They administer payroll procedures, prepare reports for the accounting department, and resolve any payroll problems or discrepancies. 

Recruiting managers, sometimes called staffing managers, oversee the recruiting and hiring responsibilities of the human resources department. They often supervise a team of recruiters, and some take on recruiting duties when trying to fill high-level positions. They must develop a recruiting strategy that helps them meet the staffing needs of their organization and effectively compete for the best employees.

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How To Become A Head Of Human Resources

Candidates need a combination of education and several years of related work experience to become a human resources manager. Although a bachelor’s degree is sufficient for most positions, some jobs require a master’s degree. Candidates should have strong interpersonal skills.

Education

Human resources managers usually need a bachelor’s degree. There are bachelor’s degree programs in human resources. Alternatively, candidates may complete a bachelor’s degree in another field, such as finance, business management, education, or information technology. Courses in subjects such as conflict management or industrial psychology may be helpful.

Some higher-level jobs require a master’s degree in human resources, labor relations, or business administration (MBA).

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

To demonstrate abilities in organizing, directing, and leading others, related work experience is essential for human resources managers. Some managers start out as human resources specialists or labor relations specialists. Others gain management experience in a variety of fields.

Management positions typically require an understanding of human resources programs, such as compensation and benefits plans; human resources software; and federal, state, and local employment laws.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although certification is voluntary, it can show professional expertise and credibility and may enhance advancement opportunities. Many employers prefer to hire certified candidates, and some positions may require certification. The Society for Human Resource Management, Human Resource Certification Institute, WorldatWork, and the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans are among many professional associations that offer a variety of certification programs.

Important Qualities

Decisionmaking skills. Human resources managers must be able to balance the strengths and weaknesses of different options and decide the best course of action. Many of their decisions have a significant impact on workers or operations, such as deciding whether to hire an employee. 

Interpersonal skills. Human resources managers need strong interpersonal skills because they regularly interact with people. They often collaborate on teams and must develop positive working relationships with their colleagues. 

Leadership skills. Human resources managers must be able to direct a staff and oversee the operations of their department. They must coordinate work activities and ensure that workers in the department complete their duties and fulfill their responsibilities. 

Organizational skills. Organizational skills are essential for human resources managers. They must be able to prioritize tasks and manage several projects at once.

Speaking skills. Human resources managers rely on strong speaking skills to give presentations and direct their staff. They must clearly communicate information and instructions to their staff and other employees.

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Average Length of Employment
Top Employers Before
Manager 5.0%
Director 3.6%
Consultant 3.1%
Top Employers After
Director 3.3%
Consultant 3.3%
Owner 2.6%

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Head Of Human Resources Demographics

Gender

Female

52.4%

Male

43.5%

Unknown

4.1%
Ethnicity

White

54.7%

Hispanic or Latino

14.4%

Asian

13.0%

Black or African American

10.7%

Unknown

7.3%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

39.6%

German

8.3%

Italian

8.3%

Japanese

6.3%

Arabic

6.3%

Portuguese

4.2%

Vietnamese

4.2%

French

4.2%

Swedish

2.1%

Chinese

2.1%

Cantonese

2.1%

Ilocano

2.1%

Mandarin

2.1%

Dari

2.1%

Persian

2.1%

Tagalog

2.1%

Russian

2.1%
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Head Of Human Resources Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.3%

New York University

12.0%

Cornell University

7.2%

George Washington University

7.2%

Southern New Hampshire University

6.0%

Syracuse University

3.6%

University of Iowa

3.6%

Stanford University

3.6%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.6%

Villanova University

3.6%

Howard University

3.6%

American University

3.6%

Pennsylvania State University

3.6%

Saint Joseph's University

3.6%

Kaplan University

3.6%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.6%

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

3.6%

Purdue University

3.6%

National University

3.6%

University of Chicago

3.6%
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Majors

Business

30.7%

Human Resources Management

23.0%

Management

7.7%

Psychology

5.6%

Communication

3.6%

Finance

3.6%

English

2.6%

Law

2.6%

History

2.0%

Marketing

2.0%

Accounting

2.0%

Computer Science

1.8%

Education

1.8%

Economics

1.8%

Counseling Psychology

1.8%

Community Organization And Advocacy

1.5%

Mechanical Engineering

1.5%

Health Care Administration

1.5%

International Relations

1.5%

Project Management

1.3%
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Degrees

Masters

38.1%

Bachelors

32.5%

Other

15.7%

Certificate

5.8%

Doctorate

3.5%

Associate

2.4%

Diploma

2.1%
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Real Head Of Human Resources Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Global Head of HR-Tigo People Management Millicom International Services LLC Sunrise, FL Apr 23, 2010 $397,552
Global Head of Human Resources Hay Group, Inc. Philadelphia, PA Feb 02, 2015 $352,283 -
$528,425
Head of Reward & Human Resources Operations CLS Bank International New York, NY Feb 15, 2016 $275,000
Head of Resources, Energy and Infrastructures, America ANZ Banking Group Limited New York, NY Jul 22, 2016 $265,000
Global Head of Human Resources Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC New York, NY Apr 12, 2010 $250,837 -
$180
Global Head of Human Resources Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC New York, NY Nov 16, 2009 $250,000 -
$375,000
Global Head, Compensation, Benefits, HR Operations Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, Inc. Cambridge, MA Sep 26, 2014 $229,896
Head of HR, Emea Twitter, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 03, 2015 $227,628
Global Head of HR, Customer Experience & Strategic Thomson Reuters Management Services Inc. New York, NY Jun 01, 2013 $227,016
Head of Human Resources Allegis Global Solutions, Inc. Stamford, CT Jan 11, 2015 $224,993
Head of HR Service Delivery Nokia USA Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 22, 2015 $223,500
Head of HR Strategy and Planning Thomson Reuters Holdings, Inc. New York, NY Jul 15, 2011 $219,512
Global Head of Human Resources (OTC) Novartis Consumer Health, Inc. (OTC) Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Oct 01, 2011 $202,000
Global Head of HR, Professional Thomson Reuters Holdings, Inc. Stamford, CT Sep 10, 2011 $197,000 -
$509,000
Head of Human Resources-Vusi Vodafone Us Inc. New York, NY Sep 13, 2014 $191,186
Vice President & Head HR (North America) Majesco Morristown, NJ Feb 29, 2016 $185,380
Vice President & Head HR (North America) Majesco Morristown, NJ Jun 27, 2016 $185,380
Head of HR Americas Commonwealth Bank of Australia New York, NY Feb 15, 2016 $180,000
Vice President and Head HR-North America Majescomastek Edison, NJ Jul 05, 2014 $161,200
Head-Human Resources (North America) Majescomastek Edison, NJ Jul 05, 2011 $155,000
Head of HR International Business & HR Programs Infocepts, LLC McLean, VA Jan 09, 2016 $144,000
Head Global Hr-It Branch Office Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation East Hanover, NJ Sep 02, 2013 $140,000
Head of Human Resources, Organization and Control Santander Investment Securities Inc. New York, NY Sep 16, 2015 $140,000 -
$170,000
HR Solution Centre Head of Deisgn & Build HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Buffalo, NY Nov 30, 2010 $137,733
Head, Human Genetics & Pharmacogenomics Eisai Inc. Cambridge, MA Nov 19, 2013 $131,019 -
$300,000
Head of Human Machine Interface Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. Belmont, CA May 26, 2013 $125,000
Human Resources Head, Commercial NA Glaxosmithkline LLC East Hanover, NJ Mar 13, 2015 $120,000 -
$191,050
Head of Human Resources, Oerlikon Drive Systems Fairfield Manufacturing Company, Inc. Lafayette, IN Oct 01, 2012 $120,000 -
$220,000
Head of Diversity & Inclusion, HR Spotify USA Inc. New York, NY Feb 15, 2016 $115,000 -
$165,000
Principal Human Resource Information Systems Wms Gaming Inc. Waukegan, IL Oct 01, 2011 $114,000

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Top Skills for A Head Of Human Resources

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  1. Payroll
  2. Strategic Plan
  3. Organization Development
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  • Upgraded payroll system and simplified procedures reducing processing time and facilitating reconciliation of payroll with the General Ledger.
  • Developed three-year HR strategic plan to transform organization's culture and support talent objectives.
  • Established staff training sessions to ensure changes in legal and regulatory Human Resources issues were communicated and incorporated uniformly.
  • Reviewed military personnel staffing requirements and submitted recommended changes in staffing allowances to Directors, Executive and Commanding Officers.
  • Key leader ensuring company policies and decisions are following business objectives.

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