Human Resources Manager  What They Do

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Human Resources Managers Career Video



Plans, directs, or coordinates human resources activities and staff of an organization.

This career is part of the Business Management and Administration cluster 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.
  • Advises managers on organizational policy matters, such as equal employment opportunity and sexual harassment, and recommends needed changes.
  • Analyzes and modifies compensation and benefits policies to establish competitive programs and ensure compliance with legal requirements.
  • Performs difficult staffing duties, including dealing with understaffing, refereeing disputes, firing employees, and administering disciplinary procedures.
  • Represents organization at personnel-related hearings and investigations.
  • Identifies staff vacancies and recruits, interviews, and selects applicants.
  • Negotiates bargaining agreements and helps interpret labor contracts.
  • Plans, directs, supervises, and coordinates work activities of subordinates and staff relating to employment, compensation, labor relations, and employee relations.
  • Prepares personnel forecast to project employment needs.
  • Provides current and prospective employees with information about policies, job duties, working conditions, wages, opportunities for promotion, and employee benefits.

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

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