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As a human resources manager, you oversee all aspects of workforce development and management for your employer, ensuring the company is appropriately staffed. While responsibilities vary on a day-to-day basis, you regularly serve as a primary point person for all issues related to employee activity.
Recruiting and Interviewing
The human resources manager works with executive management to ensure the most qualified employees are positioned in the appropriate roles. When hiring needs arise, it's your job to develop a job description, advertise for the position, screen and interview applicants. You also perform background checks, contact references and invite other executives to be part of the interview process to ensure a good fit with a new employee.
Hiring and Firing
When a new employee is hired, HR draws up the necessary contractual paperwork and asks the employee to fill out pertinent tax documentation forms. When an employee quits or is fired, you or your staff conducts an exit interview, issues a final paycheck and makes arrangements to file final tax paperwork on the employee's behalf. HR also takes possession of the employee's keys, codes and access passes prior to finalizing the termination of employment.
Orientation and Training
Unless the company has a training manager on staff, the HR manager is responsible for conducting new employee orientation. This involves going through an employee manual, explaining corporate policy and procedure and introducing the new employee to fellow staffers. You also issue office equipment, keys and identification and computer passwords.
In the event a dispute arises between colleagues, employees and managers, the human resources manager serves as mediator. In this role, you may counsel each party individually, or together, and develop a compromise solution that is acceptable to everyone involved. If there are allegations of misconduct, you recommend disciplinary action and document all interactions in employee files.
Salary and Benefits
The human resources manager is involved in salary negotiations, and oversees company benefits, helping employees select appropriate options and explaining coverage terms. If the organization has a retirement plan, a health savings account or a profit sharing program, it's your job to coordinate efforts with the accounting and finance division to ensure employees are appropriately compensated.
The executive division of a company relies on the human resources manager to keep tabs on changes to employment law and to assist in long-term strategic staffing plans. You consult with upper management about staffing needs, help retain consultants and independent contractors, and represent the employer in recruiting venues.
Lisa McQuerrey has been a business writer since 1987. In 1994, she launched a full-service marketing and communications firm. McQuerrey's work has garnered awards from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the International Association of Business Communicators and the Associated Press. She is also the author of several nonfiction trade publications, and, in 2012, had her first young-adult novel published by Glass Page Books.
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