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What is it like to work in HR?

The success of any organization depends a lot on how well its human resource is managed. This is why the role of those in the HR department is of utmost importance as these professionals can help an organization capitalize on its biggest asset – the human capital. Since every organization wants to attract, encourage, and retain the most qualified employees and assign them jobs best matched with their abilities and skills, HR managers and specialists come into the picture. In the past, HR professionals performed the administrative tasks of an organization, like interviewing and recruiting, handling employee benefits questions, and hiring new staff in accordance with established policies of the company. Though HR professionals these days manage all these tasks, they are increasingly being consulted by top executives regarding strategic planning. Thus, from handling behind-the-scenes tasks, HR professionals are now in the forefront, helping with their suggestions and change of company policies.

If you have always wanted to know what it is like to work in HR, here’s a brief overview of some of the tasks that you can handle:
Employment and Placement
A manager’s job would include supervising the recruitment and hiring process, as well as segregation of employees in different categories. Screening applicants and conducting employment interviews are also a part of the job. Since the job entails discussing job descriptions, wages, advancement opportunities, and working conditions with prospective candidates, you should have a thorough knowledge of the existing jobs, and about your company’s policies. 
Training and development
HR managers working in this domain create, acquire, and carry out training and development programs for employees. Apart from managing training and development specialists working under them, managers may also supervise and make budget-impacting decisions where they are entrusted with a reduced training portfolio. Developing performance enhancement measures, arranging on-the-job training for new employees, and conducting orientation sessions are some other tasks included in this domain.
Since training and development offer a way to develop candidates’ skills, enhance their productivity as well as quality of work, and create worker loyalty, it’s seen increasingly as an important task, which can help employees increase their individual skills and optimize organizational performance to achieve business results.
Employee Relation
This job portfolio entails forming employment policy, supervising industrial labor relations, negotiating agreements, and handling complaints that crop from employees’ disputes with the management.
Dispute resolution
These days, dispute resolution has become more complex, as it often involves employees, unions, the company management, government agencies and other firms. Thus, to avoid strikes,  costly litigation,or other disruptions, more and more organizations are hiring dispute resolution specialists to reach implicit or contractual agreements between the concerned parties.
Managing international human resources
As businesses are increasingly engaging a mobile workforce all over the world, the need for HR professionals who can handle HR issues related to the overseas operation of a company has increased. Starting from recruiting the right people for the right job, to processing human resources information, and handling other HR matters like those related to benefits, incentives, compensation or rewards, the HR specialists handle them all.
As the work scenario undergoes a change, many more new avenues are opening up for HR professionals, in addition to the aforesaid ones. So, do your homework well and judge your skills as well as abilities before you take up a job in this field. 
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Posted: 04/06/2013 02:09:23

Nice write up.

I truly concur to the article.
Although above mentioned services include Employee Engagement in one way or the other, but I would like to add that in the new world of HR where we are preparing our workplaces for the next generation, "Employee Engagement" may show up as a separate service altogether.
Showing up as a separate entity makes it an indispensable part of HR function.
Thanks for sharing the write up.

Mahak Khandelwal

Posted: 15/04/2013 08:16:02

all hr function detailed

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