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Human resources (HR) professionals conduct a wide variety of tasks within an organizational structure. A brief review of the core functions of human resource departments will be useful in framing the more common activities a human resource professional will conduct. The core functions can be summarized as:
This includes the activities of hiring new full-time or part-time employees, hiring contractors, and terminating employee contracts
Staffing activities include:
Identifying and fulfilling talent needs (through recruitment, primarily)
Utilizing various recruitment technologies to acquire a high volume of applicants (and to filter based on experience)
Terminating contracts when necessary
Maintaining ethical hiring practices and aligning with the regulatory environment
Writing employee contracts and negotiating salary and benefits
On-boarding new employees and providing resources for continued development is a key investment for organizations, and HR is charged with maintaining a developmental approach to existing human resources.
Development activities include:
Training and preparing new employees for their role
Providing training opportunities (internal training, educational programs, conferences, etc.) to keep employees up to date in their respective fields
Negotiating group health insurance rates, retirement plans, and other benefits with third party providers
Discussing raises and other compensation increases and/or decreases with employees in the organization
Ensuring compliance with legal and cultural expectations when it comes to employee compensation
Safety and Health
Achieving best practices in various industries include careful considering of safety and health concerns for employees.
Safety and health activities include:
Ensuring compliance with legal requirements based on job function for safety measures (i.e. hard hats in construction, available counseling for law enforcement, appropriate safety equipment for chemists, etc.)
Implementing new safety measures when laws change in a given industry
Discussing safety and compliance with relevant government departments
“Activities in the Human Resources Department.”
Boundless, 06 Sep. 2016.
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