Human Resources Manager

Human Resources Manager is an important position in any organization. It is their responsibility to direct the administrative side of a business. They are responsible for recruiting new employee prospects, interviewing and hiring the best candidates for each open position. Upper management and executives rely on the Human Resources Manager to help with important business planning. Being in Human Resources, they know how to use employees in the most effective ways. They can review department productivity and determine that some changes should be made to meet financial goals. In addition, they are the link between employees and management. Other duties might include: supervising other Human Resource Specialists and staff; handling issues between staff, including being involved in solving employee disputes and taking care of disciplinary actions; keeping organizational policies updated and informing staff of all policies; and taking care of employee services.

Examples of Human Resources Managers include:

  • Employee Relation Managers or Labor Relations Managers are responsible for employment policies. They will negotiate and write labor contracts on the topics of wages and benefits, grievances, or management and union practices. They are also responsible for mediating issues between employees and managers and taking care of the grievance process.

  • Payroll Managers supervise the entire payroll department. They ensure that payroll is processed accurately and on time. They will resolve payroll issues, keep payroll procedures updated and accurate and prepare accounting reports.

  • Staffing Managers or Recruiting Managers oversee recruiting, interviewing and hiring new employees. Depending on the size of the organization, they will usually supervise Human Resources Recruiters. When recruiting and hiring for high-level positions, these managers will often take care of the recruiting duties themselves. It is their responsibility to strategize a competitive recruiting plan in order to meet the staffing needs of the organization.

Work Environment
Human Resources Managers, for the most part, work in an office. Depending on the size of the organization, some managers might have office nationwide. They can travel and work from these offices to attend meetings, seminars and to recruit new employees. Human Resources Managers typically work full time during regular business hours. Some might put in more than 40 hours a week during certain parts of the year.

How to Become a Human Resources Manager
To become a Human Resources Manager, a candidate needs years of human resources work experience as well as a Bachelor’s degree. Some organizations might require a Master’s degree for this position.

Someone wanting to become a Human Resources Manager would need to get a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or Human Resources. Candidates earning a degree in another field of study can also qualify for this position by taking classes related to human resources. Employees in other positions might also be chosen for a position in Human Resources Management depending on the type of organization. Higher level management positions will require a Master’s degree in Business Administration, Human Resources or a similar field of study.

Certification or licensure is not required to he hired as a Human Resources Manager. However, some organizations do prefer to hire certified employees. It can also show expertise and can help employees receive higher pay or advance more quickly.

Qualities that are important in a Human Resources Manager are: excellent decision making skills, great leadership skills, interpersonal skills and excellent communication skills. A Human Resources Manager is looked to for leadership and guidance.

According to a 2012 study, depending on the industry and company, Human Resources Managers can make between $60,000 and $175,000 per year. The median salary from this same year was about $100,000 per year.

Job Outlook
It is thought that the need for Human Resources Managers will continue to grow. New and growing companies will be in need of Human Resources Managers to oversee their Human Resources departments and the employees, policies and programs. In addition, companies continue to need Human Resources Managers to ensure they are following all new and updated laws and policies regarding employees. Laws involving equal opportunity employment, healthcare, retirement, wages, safety, etc. are continually changing. It is the responsibility of the Human Resources Manager to be on top of these changes and implement them within their company.

Although job outlook is good, candidates should also expect these positions to be very competitive. Candidates with a solid background in Human Resources, Master’s degree or additional certifications will probably be given preference in these positions.

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