The role of human resources is one that many people will have encountered in just about any job, but there are multiple facets of a human resources department that help it run smoothly. Arguably, one of the most important roles in the department is the human resources generalist. The generalists try to maintain a steady flow of information and help between all workers, from the top to the bottom. This position primarily exists so that the role of human resources can fulfill its purpose as an efficiency regulator and interpersonal management resource.
Typically, generalists will work in an office environment, but the position can be needed in just about any workplace that's big enough to require a HR department. This means that the role could extend to schools, large shops, or even sectors of the entertainment industry. HR generalists can expect to work with absolutely everybody in an organization because it is their role to bridge gaps between workers that may otherwise remain unfixed due to the inherent difficulty of fluent workplace relations. HR generalists usually work directly under the main HR manager. Senior HR generalists should expect organizations to require a BA or higher in the field of human resources, or a combination of a relevant business degree with HR experience. These positions also require very strong social skills as they demands that the generalist stay neutral and not be vulnerable to fighting, bickering, or let racial or gender prejudices get in the way of the job at hand.
The hours for senior HR generalists will vary from one workplace to another, but it's not uncommon for typical workplace hours to be the foundation of generalists' working week. However, as these jobs require the employees to resolve certain social situations, it may not be unreasonable to assume that they may have to take time out of their personal time to resolve unexpected issues in the workplace.
Senior Human Resources (HR) Generalist Tasks
- Guide managers in recruiting and employee relations.
- Administer employee compensation, training and benefit programs.
- Acts as liaison between employee and management to answer questions or concerns regarding company policies, practices and regulations.
- Process, verify and maintain documentation relating to HR activities such as staffing, training and performance evaluations.