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Human Resources Manager  What They Do

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Human Resources Managers Career Video



Plans, directs and coordinates human resource management activities of an organization to maximize the strategic use of human resources and maintain functions such as employee compensation, recruitment, personnel policies, and regulatory compliance.

This career is part of the Business, Management and Administration cluster Management pathway, Human Resources Management pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Serves as a link between management and employees by handling questions, interpreting and administering contracts and helping resolve work-related problems.
  • Analyzes and modifies compensation and benefits policies to establish competitive programs and ensure compliance with legal requirements.
  • Advises managers on organizational policy matters such as equal employment opportunity and sexual harassment, and recommends needed changes.
  • Performs difficult staffing duties, including dealing with understaffing, refereeing disputes, firing employees, and administering disciplinary procedures.
  • Plans and conducts new employee orientation to foster positive attitude toward organizational objectives.
  • Identifies staff vacancies and recruits, interviews and selects applicants.
  • Plans, directs, supervises, and coordinates work activities of subordinates and staff relating to employment, compensation, labor relations, and employee relations.
  • Plans, organizes, directs, controls or coordinates the personnel, training, or labor relations activities of an organization.
  • Represents organization at personnel-related hearings and investigations.
  • Administers compensation, benefits and performance management systems, and safety and recreation programs.

Insider Info

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

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  • Employee Relations Manager -- Works with supervisors and employees to resolve disputes and minimize job dissatisfaction and may also offer or facilitate additional training and development.
  • Employment Recruiter -- Searches out candidates for specific job openings, reviews resumes, interviews candidates, administers employment tests, keeps up on rules regarding employment, and possibly markets services to independent companies.
  • Job Analysis Manager -- Collects and examines detailed information that explain the duties, training, and skills each job requires in order to prepare job descriptions for an organization.
  • Organizational Development Manager -- Assists business customer’s preparation and employment programs to raise their association’s competence.