Difference Between Being a Human Resource Specialist or Generalist
Human resources specialists and generalists are two very different positions and should be treated as such. Find out the difference between human resource specialists and generalists with help from an accomplished attorney, author and speaker in this free video clip.
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Welcome, this is HR That Works president Don Phin, and today I'm going to answer the question; What's the difference between being a specialist and a generalist in human resources. And that has a lot of answers, that has a lot to do with the size of the company that you're in. If you're at a company with say less than 100 employees there's only going to be one generalist at the company. You wont have a specialist. But as you get to larger companies you might have somebody that focuses on training, somebody who just does the administration and handles the payroll and benefits, somebody who is a wellness coach. Somebody who's a league manager. So depending on the size of the company you either have generalists or a bunch of specialists. Now you could be, in a sense, a generalist at a company, but you're managing all those specialist below you. They might be called a director, not a generalist of HR, but a director of HR. So a lot of it depends on the size of companies. Now what's the advantages and disadvantages of being it? In general, specialists get paid almost twice as much as generalists in almost all professions; law, medicine, and in HR. So if you're known as one of the top corporate trainers running training programs in an environment, you'll get paid very well. If however you're a generalist as a fortune 5000 company you might get paid a million dollars a year, okay. You're specialized at being a generalist, if you will. So, so much of that answer has to do with what you want to do in life and what environment you find yourself in. The number one thing I can tell you is you find the work that you love doing and love the work that you are doing and you'll be successful as a generalist or as a specialist. Take care.