WHAT IS AN HR MANAGER’S JOB DESCRIPTION?
Whether they fill an administrative or a managerial position, HR professionals usually have a wide range of duties that they have to fulfil. They may be responsible for some (or all) of the following:
- Co-ordinating and managing an organisation’s workforce.
- Providing channels of communication between an organisation’s management team and the employees.
- Developing, implementing, and reviewing HR policies.
- Overseeing employee benefits and services.
- Advising managers on organisational policies (regarding complaints, concerns, disciplinary procedures, and so on).
- Managing employee records.
- Overseeing an organisation’s recruitment, interview, selection, and hiring processes.
- Identifying an organisation’s staff training needs and overseeing succession planning in an organisation.
- Supervising junior HR employees.
What is it like to work in this field?
Every company has its own set of expectations when it comes to the roles and responsibilities of its HR managers. Depending on the size of the company, an HR job may involve either a diverse range of responsibilities covering all aspects of HR, or a clearly defined role within the HR department. Often, HR managers will have to work closely with people from different backgrounds, dealing with conflict and making sure that all staff members are performing well in their roles.
An HR manager’s role can be stressful, as it often requires quick thinking, and it involves giving prompt feedback. When it comes to the working hours, most human resource managers work on a full-time basis and during regular business hours. However, overtime may be required during busier periods, or when there are major problems that need to be solved.
Do I need formal training before I can become an HR manager?
While formal training is usually necessary for becoming an HR manager, there are other ways in which you can start a career in this direction. You could, for example, start out as an HR admin assistant, and work your way up the corporate ladder from there. This will help you to gain the relevant experience that you will need to be considered for a managerial position, but in most instances, you will still be required to go for formal training before being appointed into the HR manager’s role. This doesn’t necessarily have to involve full-time study towards a diploma or degree — some employers may also be satisfied with a skills training certificate.
Where can I study?
You can study HR at Oxbridge Academy. We offer a variety of HR management courses on either a full-time or part-time basis via distance learning. This means that you can study your HR course at your own pace (without attending any physical classes) and that you can study while you work.
Here are the HR Management Courses you can choose from at Oxbridge Academy:
Short Learning Programmes
These non-accredited skills courses introduce you to various aspects of HR, and equip you with a range of the skills you need to work in an HR environment.
- Oxbridge Academy Skills Certificate: Principles of Labour Relations
- Oxbridge Academy Short Course: Understanding the Principles of Human Resource Management
- Oxbridge Academy Short Course: Implementing a Human Resource Plan
- Oxbridge Academy Short Course: Recruitment and Selection
- Oxbridge Academy Short Course: Performance and Reward Services
- Oxbridge Academy Short Course: Releasing People from an Organisation
Short Learning Programme endorsed by The Independent Institute of Education (IIE)
This course is also non-accredited, but is endorsed by The Independent Institute of Education (IIE).
National Qualifications (N4 – N6)
These N4 – N6 courses are registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) and are aligned with workplace needs. As such, they lead to formal qualifications, and are designed to prepare you for a successful career in HR administration or HR management.
- National Certificate: N4 Human Resource Management (SAQA ID 66873)
- National Certificate: N5 Human Resource Management (SAQA ID 66953)
- National Certificate: N6 Human Resource Management (SAQA ID 66997)
- National Certificate: N4 Human Resource Management (Legal) (SAQA ID 66873)
- National Certificate: N5 Human Resource Management (Legal) (SAQA ID 66953)
- National Certificate: N6 Human Resource Management (Legal) (SAQA ID 66997)
- National Certificate: N4 Business Management (Labour Relations) (SAQA ID 66871)
- National Certificate: N5 Business Management (Labour Relations) (SAQA ID 66929)
- National Certificate: N6 Business Management (Labour Relations) (SAQA ID 66995)
The online HR courses enhance your skills in specific areas of human resource management. These courses can all be completed online via the internet – using a smartphone, tablet, or PC.
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