Human resources managers handle day-to-day employment issues for a company or organization. While HR managers normally report to HR directors or the company's CEO, it is the duty of the HR manager to keep company departments running smoothly while making sure that everyone in the organization, from high-level executives to departmental employees, have a peaceful and formulated life at work. The skills needed to be an HR manager are many, but with the proper education and training, a person can excel in this career at a fast pace.
The HR manager focuses on the day-to-day operations of employment and placement; compensation and benefits; training and development; and labor relations for a company or organization. The HR manager also oversees the human resources department's own budget; employee training, hiring and termination policies; and employee salaries. Normally HR managers are in charge of other HR supervisors, as well as HR team leads and HR assistants in various departments.
Typically a bachelor's degree (four years of college) in human resources is required for a person to hold a position as a human resources manager. Some companies require the HR manager to hold a degree in psychology or business. Because of the tough competition for this type of job, many HR managers obtain their master's degree in their chosen field. Also, being certified as a professional in human resources (PHR) or senior professional in human resources (SPHR) will give you extra training and the accreditation needed to be successful in this career.
In the workplace, HR managers find themselves wearing many hats. Being knowledgeable in payroll procedures, labor laws, workers compensation and employee benefits, to name a few issues, is mandatory in some organizations and will assist the HR manager in doing her job to the best of her ability. Because human resources managers normally work within an office setting, skills such as typing and being able to use computer software are also necessary.
Human resource managers must be able to get along with people at all levels of the company and be adept at explaining and understanding the strategy of the organization. At times, when confronted with difficult situations such as layoffs or terminations, they have to demonstrate communication skills and tact. HR managers frequently have an open-door policy as they are the information hub for the company. They must practice discipline and fairness with all employees, from the janitor to the CEO.
According to the government's Occupational Outlook Handbook of 2008-2009, the earnings for a human resources manager range between $60,000 and $145,000 a year. The job outlook for this profession is above average, with an estimated 17 percent growth until 2016.