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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:
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.
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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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Human Resources Manager||Stripe, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 09, 2016||$190,000|
|Human Resources Manager||Telstra Incorporated||San Francisco, CA||Jul 20, 2015||$190,000|
|Human Resources Manager (Business Partner)||CLSA Americas, LLC||New York, NY||Oct 15, 2015||$165,000 -
|Human Resources Manager||Sport 195 Inc.||New York, NY||Apr 20, 2015||$163,904 -
|Human Resource Manager||CCS Design Inc.||Oakland, CA||Sep 21, 2015||$161,200|
|HR Systems Program Manager||EBAY Inc.||San Jose, CA||Aug 10, 2015||$154,197|
|Assurance Human Resources Senior Manager||Pricewaterhousecoopers LLP||New York, NY||Jun 14, 2016||$153,000|
|Human Rights Manager||Microsoft Corporation||New York, NY||Sep 25, 2016||$152,000|
|Human Resources Manager||FMC Corporation||Philadelphia, PA||Sep 01, 2015||$151,590|
|Human Resources Manager||Sport 195 Inc.||New York, NY||Apr 20, 2015||$150,592 -
|Marketing and HR Manager||Prime 8 Consulting||Bellevue, WA||Apr 15, 2016||$150,000|
|HR Manager||Cisco Systems, Inc.||Austin, TX||Jan 08, 2015||$142,251 -
|Human Resource Manager||The Caldwell Partners International Ltd||San Francisco, CA||Jun 29, 2015||$140,000|
|Human Resources Manager||Activision Publishing Inc.||Novato, CA||Oct 14, 2015||$136,323|
|Human Resources Manager||Life Plus Style Gourmet LLC||Valley Stream, NY||Sep 09, 2015||$99,720|
|Human Resources Manager||Cisco Systems, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Aug 24, 2015||$99,528 -
|Human Resources Manager||Sunset Pool, Inc.||Arlington, VA||Aug 15, 2016||$99,174|
|HR Manager||Satin Solutions LLC||Princeton, NJ||Oct 01, 2015||$97,032|
|Human Resource Manager||Chesapeake Lighthouse Foundation Inc.||Laurel, MD||Sep 15, 2016||$96,127|
|Human Resources Manager||Tradequip Services & Marine, Inc.||Houston, TX||Aug 16, 2015||$96,000|
|Human Resources Manager||Electronaca Inc.||Boca Raton, FL||Apr 19, 2016||$95,000|
|Human Resources Manager||Cordillera Professionals LLC||Montclair, NJ||Sep 14, 2016||$94,702|
|HR Manager||Innovative Intelligent Solutions LLC||Fremont, CA||Sep 27, 2015||$81,000|
|Human Resources Manager||Applexus Technologies LLC||Federal Way, WA||Aug 26, 2015||$80,000|
|Human Resources Manager||The Bosco Booth LLC||New York, NY||May 12, 2016||$80,000|
|HR Manager||Volt Information Sciences, Inc.||New York, NY||Dec 19, 2016||$80,000|
|HR Manager||Innovative Intelligent Solutions LLC||Fremont, CA||Nov 08, 2016||$80,000|
|Human Resources Manager||Epace Technologies, Inc.||Irving, TX||Apr 19, 2016||$79,747|
|Human Resources Manager||Syntel Consulting Inc.||Memphis, TN||Jul 16, 2015||$78,437|
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