About HR Managers

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The terms "HR manager", "HR executive" and "HR director" may usefully be interpreted as a Venn diagram of three partially overlapping HR circles-overlapping in some organizations like three Olympic rings, or in other organizations as concentric circles, with HR director being the circle with the most direct contact with external entities and variables, and the manager having the least.

Usage of these terms may vary from company to company, with regard to the associated job description. One attempt to distinguish these, e.g., "manager" from "executive", may satisfy some, but not all who employ this terminology.

In general, an HR manager will have close working relationships with rank-and-file employees and be heavily involved in the tactical, day-to-day operations of the HR department, whereas an HR director is more likely to be involved with the more strategic, "big-picture" aspects of the HR operation.

An HR manager is in charge of managing and supervising the HR department within an organization. He also plays an instrumental role in providing employee supervision and evaluations, retraining employees, as well as offering mediation services for struggling employees and firing those who are not fulfilling the employment requirements.

While there is no definite job description, the HR manager's job responsibilities can be generally described as follows.

* Posting advertisements for new employees,
* Reviewing resumes and applications
* Conducting recruitment interviews and providing the necessary inputs during the hiring process.
* Liaising with recruitment agencies for specialised job positions
* Managing payroll matters
* Maintaining employee records, such as those related to compensation, health and medical insurance
* Handling insurance-related issues
* Managing workplace safety issues
* Training new or existing employees
* Firing staff
* Communicating and explaining the organization's HR policies to the employees

HR managers should have at least a bachelor's degree. Although the type of degree is not that crucial, the more common degree programs among HR managers are social sciences, human resources, business administration (with the focus on HR management), management and communications. In addition, candidates with HR-related work experience and basic computer skills are generally preferred.

Given the nature of his work, the HR manager should also have a good understanding of local employment guidelines, especially those related to workplace safety and health issues. Moreover, he often has to liaise directly with external agencies as a representative of the organization, with regard to a variety of issues. There have also been instances in which HR managers serve as the bridge between management and workers in non-union companies, thus it is important for them to have good negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
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