Functionality of the Human Resource Manager

By: Richard Taylor Edwards

All over the world companies fill needs within their human resources departments for a manager, including the United Kingdom and all of Europe. It's a position that is much in demand, and one that each company requires. It's probably the most important position with a company since the human resource manager controls all of the functions of the hiring, firing, and benefits administration of the company.

The role of the human resource manager may change contingent upon the size of the company. Within a small company, for example, the human resource manager may provide the entire role including initial interview, testing, secondary interviews if required, hiring, orientation, benefits administration, policy administration, labour law implementation, and anything else that pertains to the company's labour or support staff duties.

In a larger company, however, the human resource manager will likely only administer the policies of the company and possibly conduct some interviews for applicants - some major companies tend to have recruiters who perform that function. This may include the implementation of attendance policies, performance and quality standards, implementation of benefits packages, research and development of in-house training programs, development of job descriptions and functions, making sure that each department is fully staffed to meet departmental standards of production, and staffing adjustments as needed throughout the company.

In very large corporations, in addition to a human resource manager, there may also be recruiters or staffing specialists who take responsibility for the hiring, testing, and training or new recruits. They also take care of any kind of medical testing that the company requires and schedule interviews with department managers for those employees who are qualified for open positions. The staffing specialists report to the human resources manager, so that particular position is not downsized in any way, but rather is redistributed so that the manager is able to handle many of the other human resource functions that are required within a large corporate structure.

No matter how large or small the company is, the role of the human resources manager is an important one and one that affects the future of the entire company. Whether a company's human resources staff consists of one person or fifty people, the functions are still the backbone of the company, and the driving force whose intervention will determine success or failure of the company's infrastructure. The human resource manager is singly responsible for making the decision concerning staffing needs, and the wrong decision will make a difference in the production capabilities of the company as a whole.

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