Daily Responsibilities of an HR Manager

by Lisa McQuerrey

    A human resources manager oversees all aspects of workforce development and management for her employer, ensuring the company is appropriately staffed. While responsibilities vary on a day-to-day basis, she regularly serves as a primary point person for all issues related to employee activity.

    The human resources manager works with executive management to ensure the most appropriately qualified employees are positioned in the most appropriate roles. When hiring needs arise, she develops a job description, advertises for the position and screens and interviews applicants. She also performs background checks, contacts references and invites other executives to be part of the interview process to ensure a good fit with a new employee.

    When a new employee is hired, the human resources manager draws up the necessary contractual paperwork and asks the employee to fill out pertinent tax documentation forms. When an employee quits or is fired, the manager conducts an exit interview, issues a final paycheck and makes arrangements to file final tax paperwork on the employee's behalf. She takes possession of the employee's keys, codes and access passes prior to finalizing the termination of employment.

    Unless the company has a training manager on staff, the human resources manager is responsible for conducting new employee orientation. This involves going through an employee manual, explaining corporate policy and procedure and introducing the new employee to fellow staffers. She also issues office equipment, keys and identification and computer passwords.

    In the event a dispute arises between colleagues, employees and managers, the human resources manager serves as mediator. She may counsel each party individually, or together, and develop a compromise solution that is acceptable to everyone involved. If there are allegations of misconduct, she recommends disciplinary action, and documents all interactions in employee files.

    The human resources manager is involved in salary negotiations. She also oversees company benefits, helping employees select appropriate options and explaining coverage terms. If the organization has a retirement plan, a health savings account or a profit sharing program, the human resources manager coordinates efforts with the accounting and finance division to ensure employees are appropriately compensated.

    The executive division of a company relies on the human resources manager to keep tabs on changes to employment law and to assist in long-term strategic staffing plans. She consults with upper management about staffing needs, is involved in retaining consultants and independent contractors, and represents the employer in recruiting venues.

    About the Author

    Lisa McQuerrey has been a business writer since 1987. In 1994, she launched a full-service marketing and communications firm. McQuerrey's work has garnered awards from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the International Association of Business Communicators and the Associated Press. She is also the author of several nonfiction trade publications, and, in 2012, had her first young-adult novel published by Glass Page Books.

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