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Working As A Human Resources Lead

  • 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

  • $101,155

    Average Salary

What Does A Human Resources Lead 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 Human Resources Lead

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 Careers Before Human Resources Lead
Manager 2.8%
Recruiter 2.3%
Internship 2.0%
Top Careers After Human Resources Lead
Recruiter 2.9%
Consultant 2.7%
Leader 2.3%

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Human Resources Lead Demographics

Gender

Female

59.8%

Male

37.5%

Unknown

2.7%
Ethnicity

White

60.7%

Hispanic or Latino

15.0%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

9.3%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

48.6%

French

8.6%

Mandarin

5.7%

Portuguese

4.3%

German

4.3%

Hindi

4.3%

Chinese

2.9%

Urdu

2.9%

Korean

2.9%

Italian

2.9%

Croatian

1.4%

Vietnamese

1.4%

Cantonese

1.4%

Hebrew

1.4%

Japanese

1.4%

Greek

1.4%

Carrier

1.4%

Thai

1.4%

Russian

1.4%
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Human Resources Lead Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.8%

Cornell University

9.4%

Michigan State University

8.5%

Webster University

7.7%

Capella University

4.7%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.3%

Villanova University

3.8%

West Virginia University

3.8%

Ashford University

3.4%

Texas State University

3.4%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

3.4%

University of Colorado at Boulder

3.4%

Texas A&M University

3.4%

Northern Illinois University

3.4%

Strayer University

3.4%

University of Toledo

3.0%

George Washington University

3.0%

Pennsylvania State University

3.0%

Georgia State University

3.0%

Walden University

3.0%
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Majors

Business

34.9%

Human Resources Management

25.6%

Management

7.0%

Psychology

5.2%

Communication

2.7%

Counseling Psychology

2.6%

Accounting

2.3%

Marketing

2.2%

Computer Science

2.1%

English

1.8%

Law

1.8%

Education

1.6%

Finance

1.6%

Liberal Arts

1.3%

Sociology

1.3%

Elementary Education

1.3%

General Studies

1.2%

Criminal Justice

1.2%

Political Science

1.2%

Nursing

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.4%

Masters

36.3%

Other

13.1%

Associate

4.6%

Certificate

3.3%

Doctorate

2.5%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.3%
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Human Resources Lead Videos

Human Resource Management Lecture Part 11 - Change Management (1 of 2)

Careers in Human Resources Management

How to become a Human Resources Manager (HR) - Chapter 3

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Real Human Resources Lead Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director, Global User Readiness & US HR Transformation Lead Barclays Services Corp. New York, NY Mar 10, 2016 $200,000 -
$280,000
Specialist Leader, Human Capital-HR Transformation Deloitte Consulting LLP Costa Mesa, CA Nov 18, 2015 $171,497 -
$295,000
Global Human Resources Lead Ricetec, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 24, 2015 $167,000
Global Human Resources Lead Ricetec, Inc. Houston, TX May 09, 2016 $160,000 -
$170,000
Techno/Functional HR Systems Lead Nbcuniversal Media LLC Englewood Cliffs, NJ Feb 09, 2016 $150,000 -
$156,000
Human Resources Global Lead Ricetec, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 05, 2013 $145,000 -
$150,000
Hr/Talent Lead Contextmedia, Inc. Chicago, IL Sep 12, 2016 $140,000
Hr/Talent Lead Contextmedia, Inc. Chicago, IL Dec 09, 2016 $140,000
Techno/Functional HR Systems Lead Nbcuniversal Media, LLC Englewood Cliffs, NJ Sep 07, 2015 $135,000
Human Resources Learning Lead Arconic Inc. Pittsburgh, PA Jan 12, 2016 $132,925
SAP HR Core Techno/Functional Lead Nbcuniversal Media, LLC Englewood Cliffs, NJ Jul 11, 2016 $130,000 -
$145,000
SAP HCM HR Technical/Functional Lead Nbcuniversal Media, LLC Englewood Cliffs, NJ Aug 24, 2015 $130,000
SAP HCM HR Technical/Functional Lead Nbcuniversal Media, LLC Englewood Cliffs, NJ Aug 31, 2015 $130,000
Latam Services HR Busnss Partnr & Skills & Devlpm't Leader Brightstar Corp. Miami, FL Apr 13, 2015 $130,000 -
$140,000
SAP HCM Build HR Lead Nbcuniversal Media, LLC Englewood Cliffs, NJ May 26, 2014 $120,000 -
$145,000
SAP HR Lead T-Systems North America, Inc. Frisco, TX Apr 13, 2012 $120,000
SAP HCM Build HR Lead Nbcuniversal Media, LLC New York, NY Mar 04, 2013 $120,000 -
$145,000
Global HR Technology-Total Rewards Lead Monsanto Company Saint Louis, MO Oct 10, 2016 $120,000
HR Change Management Lead Suntrust Banks, Inc. Atlanta, GA May 10, 2013 $115,000
SAP HR Techno-Functional Lead Abbott Laboratories Parkersburg, IL May 31, 2010 $114,000
Human Resources Leader-Latin America Stryker Latin America Miramar, FL Dec 01, 2012 $113,367
HR Lead Functional Analyst Titanium Metals Corp. (Timet) Exton, PA Apr 11, 2014 $100,000 -
$110,000
HR Operations Project Leader The Boston Consulting Group, Inc. Boston, MA Dec 01, 2011 $90,000 -
$110,000
SAP HR Systems Lead Schrill Technologies Inc. Phoenix, AZ Sep 26, 2016 $90,000
Technical Lead [HR SAP] Speridian Technologies A.K.A Karma Consulting SVC Albuquerque, NM Sep 08, 2015 $89,814
HR Lead IBM India Private Limited Stamford, CT May 07, 2013 $89,606
Peoplesoft HR Techno Functional Lead Consultant IBM India Private Limited Syracuse, NY Jan 09, 2016 $85,677
SAP HR Lead IBM India Private Limited Baton Rouge, LA Aug 13, 2015 $85,200
SAP HR Lead IBM India Private Limited Baton Rouge, LA Aug 18, 2015 $85,200
SAP HR Security Lead IBM India Private Limited Deerfield, IL Jul 16, 2015 $84,880

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Top Skills for A Human Resources Lead

  1. Payroll
  2. Global Human Resources
  3. Personnel
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  • Processed payroll information in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Promoted to head of Global Human Resources for Hewitt Consulting Group worldwide.
  • Provided procedural guidance to middle management and upper management pertaining to personnel issues.
  • Implement processes, policies and guidelines around conducting performance reviews and determine pay/promotions.
  • Implemented Saint-Gobain/CertainTeed's safety culture committed to zero workplace injuries and illnesses.

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