HR, or Human Resources, deals
with the human needs of employees.Individuals who work in HR really need to be a people person with a
pleasant demeanor.HR has so many
responsibilities that it is sometimes misunderstood.One thing that is certain, it is one of the most necessary
departments in a corporate company environment.They have to be able to handle a crisis in a smooth, discreet
manner.It can be related to health
care issues, sexual harassment, or employee disputes.They must also be trusted to keep an employee's personal details
to themselves.HR also tries to make
sure that all employees are comfortable with their surroundings, and are
working in a non-hostile environment.
Some of the responsibilities of HR are:
Securing, offering and explaining
benefits, like health insurance or 401k’s.
Managing on-the-job health and safety
Offering information or advice on
special work programs like reimbursement for continuing education.
Advertising available jobs, screening
applicants, setting up interviews and potentially hiring applicants.
Handling all paperwork related to the
hiring or firing of employees.
Distributing paychecks and bonuses,
although paycheck disbursement may be outsourced to another company.
Helping workers apply for family leave,
maternity leaves, sabbaticals or disability payments.
Possibly participating in motivational
company wide events.
Approving performance reviews
and assessing raises or promotions.
Handling complaints about
employer abuses, sexual harassment, discrimination or hostile work environment charges.
Supervisors or managers from other departments may be responsible for
hiring or firing employees, however, it usually has to be cleared by HR and go
through the HR process.As a manager,
always keep yourself on the good side of HR and keep them close to you at all
times.In times of need or distress,
they truly are your best friends…
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