Foundations of Human Resources
BUS434: Compensation & Benefits Management
March 12, 2012
Foundations of Human Resources as a Career
The position that I decided to go with is one in which I am so what familiar with. And that is a Human Resources Manager. This position alone is one that is very detailed. There are so many different aspects to this job. The HR manager is one who is the advocate for not only the company, but for the employees as well. This is a role that is always changing. According to Heathfield (2012), “when you consider that the initial HR function, in many companies, comes out of the administration or finance department because hiring employees, paying employees, and dealing with benefits were the organization’s first HR needs…”
Human Resources an extensive field that requires not only experience, but knowledge and skills as well. This field seems to go on and on. HR can manage activities relating to staffing, employee education and training, management development, labor relations, affirmative action, benefits administration, and salary administration. They also plan and conduct new employee orientation to foster positive attitude toward company goals. One can also keep records of insurance coverage, pension plan, and personnel transactions, such as hires, promotions, transfers, and terminations. Investigates accidents and prepares reports for insurance carrier. The HR manager may also conduct exit interviews to determine reasons behind separations.
Most HR positions require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, especially if it is management related. The responsibilities of an HR manager may include overseeing the HR department and sometimes if the company is larger, the HR manager may supervise his/her subordinates in that department. One in this field is usually responsible for developing, managing and implementing different programs. The programs may include anything from employment testing to salary determinations. HR also is...