Monday, October 24, 2011

Career Spotlight: Human Resource Managers

Human resources managers plan and direct policies about employees.

In a company of 100 people, there will be a variety of employees who perform many different tasks. There might be a shipping manager, a chief financial officer, the head product designer, and the receptionist. There might also be a director of communications, the lead researcher, and the tech support specialist. All these employees manage different parts of the company. But who, then, manages all the people? Human resources managers, that's who.

Human resources managers in large companies often work in one of several areas. These include employment, pay and benefits, or labor relations. Their tasks are many and varied. Human resources managers plan and direct the work of staff. They develop policies for recruiting, testing, and placing new employees in their jobs. Sometimes managers have to do difficult things, such as fire employees, settle disagreements, or help the company manage when they don't have enough employees.

In addition, they evaluate policies and training programs. They also make sure employees have the required information about their benefit and retirement plans. They regularly discuss benefits, pension plans, and policies with employees. They also post notices for jobs so applicants can apply. Human resources managers also conduct orientations for new staff and exit interviews for staff who leave. They also prepare budgets for their programs.

Human resources managers keep records and write reports. For example, they prepare forecasts of employment needs, using statistical data to make decisions. They prepare information for staff about pay or benefits. They develop ways to improve employment policies and give reports to officers. Human resources managers also write manuals for managers about topics such as how to avoid discrimination. They investigate work accidents and write reports. They also write termination notices when employees are fired.

Human resources managers have many other duties. They contract with vendors to provide employee services. They represent the company at personnel hearings. Some human resources managers work in the area of labor relations. They study laws and decisions about labor contracts to assess trends. They also negotiate new labor contracts and resolve disputes.

Human resources managers who specialize in training perform many of the same tasks as other human resources managers. In addition, they set training policies and schedules. They train instructors and supervisors. They write training manuals and create visual aids. In some industries, training managers interpret policies on apprenticeship programs. They also provide information to trainees and labor representatives.

Career Overview for Human Resource Managers

Often work in employment, pay and benefits, or labor relations

Keep records and write reports

Work with supervised staff, other managers, and directors

Typically work a standard work week

Are knowledgeable about labor laws

Have a bachelor's degree

Earn $81,220 - $94,950 per year (Ohio median)

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