A Human Resources Manager supervises and manages the overall provision of human resources services, policies, and programmes for a small to mid-sized company, or manages part of the human resources function within a large company, working within guidelines and strategies set by senior management.
The HR Manager’s responsibilities vary from organisation to organisation, but are likely to include:
Induction of new employees
Performance and productivity monitoring and management
Employee rewards and benefits
Grievances and disputes
HR policy documentation and enforcement
Employee safety and wellbeing
Employee training and development
Fostering a culture that promotes employee retention by helping them to feel motivated and rewarded
Company compliance with employment law and all relevant regulations
Informing senior management of any developing HR problems
Managing HR information using the appropriate technology
Managing and monitoring employee absence
Requirements for the role
Suitable candidates will have the relevant CIPD qualification, plus experience in an HR role and IT literacy, with knowledge of HR/payroll systems and databases. You should also have good written and spoken communication skills, good interpersonal skills and the ability to manage time and prioritise work efficiently.
Progression for HR Managers
HR Managers tend to work in teams, however the skills you demonstrate as part of a team are transferrable into future roles such as Head of HR and HR Directors. Directors tend to be kept for larger organisations or often cross into Operations Director roles so if you’re a HR Manager in a large company, you can look towards these job titles for direct progression. Outside of this however, your ability to work to guidelines, working with people and showing management skills can be transferred into many different areas if you would choose to. HR Managers are very flexible when it comes to progression and should consider all avenues when thinking about a future career.