Human Resource isn’t a thing we do, it’s the thing that runs our business
– Steve Wynn
The functions of an HR manager is not just recruitment or giving incentive and payroll. Most of us take HR as specialization during our management course either as a major or minor subject. Reason for taking HR for people differ. But most students prefer HR because for them learning analytics is hard. Marketing and sales feel to be not their type. Being with numbers and finance feels tough. Designing or controlling a product or service, and supervising a factory is hectic. These students after taking HR will remain as an HR Executive or will rise to a level of HR Manager after 20 or 30 years.
Human resources professionals no longer function behind the scenes. Their deep knowledge of the workforce has made them invaluable members of the team, especially when it comes to the decision-making process. They are the business partners of the organization. 75% of CEOs consider the opinions of their HRs or CHROs while making a decision. Human resources leaders make ideal business partners since they have a better insight than anyone in the organization has.
If you don’t have the leadership mindset, or you don’t have the mindset of an entrepreneur, being an HR will be a hectic task for you. You might think, why the entrepreneurial mindset. An entrepreneur is defined as “A person who organizes, manages, and assumes the risks of a business or enterprise”. So is the task of a Senior HR officer. More than a business partner HRs are part of the business itself. Skills required for being an effective HR are listed below. If you lack any of them, HR job will be boring and you won’t be able to climb up the ladders.
- Quantitative Knowledge – Many candidates opt HR as their specialization thinking there won’t be any math involved. You may need to have a solid understanding of maths and statistics. You need these to interpret many reports, also to create turnover reports. Also to determine salary. You don’t need advanced calculus but requires a good math skill.
- Compassion – You have to exhibit compassion to everyone, doesn’t matter if you like or dislike the person. You might need to take the role of a therapist at times. Compassion establishes a trust between you and the employees. They will feel safe while expressing their feelings. Compassion is the key to a better bondage.
- Legal Knowledge – You need to have a good and better understanding of the Corporate laws and basic employment laws (Labour laws). HR managers often face situations to take decisions on the spot that may face legal consciousness. In most organisations, the HR Managers will be the ones who handle the legal matters.
- Multi-tasking – HR is a large domain with multiple subdomains within. In large organisations, the duty of an HR will be dedicated to any domains like Recruitment or Training etc. But in most organisations, the HR Managers are responsible for many things the same. In some organizations especially in the Service Industry, HR Managers are also responsible for the operations and related activities.
- People Management – You have to manage the entire workforce in your organization. HR Managers have to understand each one. They have to help each one to manage their personal profile. HR Managers are the ones who are responsible in Hiring as well as firing any individual.