The Main Competencies of Human Resource Manager

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English Language Centre

Pre-sessional 2012

THE MAIN COMPETENCIES OF HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGER

Essay

31st August 2012

Content

Introduction…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

The role of Human Resource Manager……………………………………………………………………..

Competencies of Human Resource Manager…………………………………………………………….

Conclusion……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

References……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Introduction

Human Resource Manager (HR manager) plays an important role in organizations which are responsible for managing human resources, integrate the HRD programs with the goals and strategies of the organization, and executive developments. This essay aims to give an illustration of the roles and the indispensable competencies of HR managers, which differ from other specialists that help them to manage their work effectively.

The role of Human Resource Manager

Human Resources (HR) can include a broad spectrum of specialities within organizations. Some examples of specialities include recruiting, payroll, policy, safety, training and development, and performance management. In smaller organizations, the HR professional may handle all of those specialities and in larger organizations, each specialty is most likely to establish its own department.

The roles within HR can vary greatly with many departments from the purely administrative to the executive. Desimone, Werner and Harris (2002) identify the role of HR is that HR’s primary purpose is to ensure that the right people are working in the right places to accomplish the organization’s goal. In other words, HR is responsible to develop programs that will attract, select, develop, and retain the talent needed to meet the organizational mission

There are also several requirements for individuals who are seeking a career in human resources. People may be self motivated, strong communicators who have an intense desire to improve an organizations greatest asset- its people. People who pursue a career in human resources are often described as highly ethical, motivated, compassionate, and well organized (Northouse 2010).

Human Resource Manager is the leader of HR department who often possess natural leadership and strong communication skills with strict ethical codes and high standards for their work and professionalism. They must stay current on changes to labour and employment laws affecting the industry they serve.

As a HR manager in a large company, he is asked to manage a team of HR team members including: recruiters, coordinators, and benefits specialists. One may be in charge of managing the recruiting efforts for a company or for the development and professional growth of existing employees. HR manager will act as a liaison between management and employees, working through disputes, conflict resolution, or internal investigations of misconduct or broken labour laws as well as being in charge of ensuring that the company is adhering to all state and federal employment laws or managing efforts to internally audit for compliance. Other duties may include assisting management with establishing effective compensation models that maximize revenue and maintain employee motivation and productivity. Sometimes, it may also asked for working with upper management to assist with creating a specific workplace culture, better working conditions for employees, or increasing employee satisfaction.

Armstrong (2006) defined four specific strategic roles of HR managers include business partner, innovator, change agent and implementer that can help them to manage their works. Here is the particular description of their roles.

HR managers as business partners share responsibility with line manager. From Tyson’s (1985) point, they have the ability to identify opportunities of business strategy and organizational...
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