Resources for Human Resource Professionals

The term human resources refer to the realm of business in which various employee related issues are addressed and maintained. Since companies are only as good as the people who work for them, the human factor plays an important role. People are the resources that help businesses succeed, so it’s no wonder this aspect is referred to as human resources. Smaller companies usually enlist the help of one person to serve as a human resources manager, while larger corporations often have entire human resource departments with several employees. Their job is to help maintain a positive working environment and serve as support for the company and its employees, while remaining within the proper legal boundaries in order to follow current employment laws.

Some examples of careers involving the job of human resources include personnel and hiring managers, benefits administration, payroll services, and employee to employer relations. Some people working in HR make final hiring or firing decisions, while others do not. Those that do not are there to help manage the situation and serve as a liaison between the employee and employer. Running background checks and assisting with checking resources are often skills needed and performed by those in human resources. When it comes to employee termination, the human resources manager is usually involved in assisting with the explanation for the termination as well as going over any pending or remaining benefits for the newly terminated employee.

There is always a strong demand for human resources positions in any number of businesses, because companies need personnel to help manage their employee base. Both large and small companies can utilize the help of people working within their human resources department. It also helps to alleviate the pressures of employee management from higher management such as company presidents, owners, and CEOs. The human resources types of jobs require excellent people skills, the ability to pay close attention to detail, and a true understanding of current human resource related laws. Working with health insurance and retirement benefits providers is another aspect of human resources. The HR manager is often responsible for ensuring that employees are getting the right benefits, and that the company is able to offer the benefits to their employees at a reasonable cost. People who work in human resources often have to be able to answer questions from employees about things like paid time off, sick leave, possible benefits, and can also often serve as a moderator between employees if there are any issues in the workplace. Payroll entry is often performed by human resources, and therefore the ability to keep personnel information private is vital.

The job outlook for human resources positions is strong, even in economic trouble because the demand is high. The average salary for people working in the human resources sector was $86,500 in 2008. On average human resource professionals earned anywhere from $64,930 to $113,480 annually. This amount can increase if the person has an advanced degree and works within the legal sector of human resources and deals with legal-related issues. Annual salary rates will vary and are usually determined by occupation, training, level of experience, location and company size. Most positions require an associate’s degree or higher in educational background.

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by Michael Costa