A human resources generalist helps managers make decisions relating to human resources, such as maintaining good relationships with employees and hiring new talent. The generalist will often help upper management determine strategies for hiring quality personnel.
The generalist may also administer general human resources duties, such as payroll, benefits, and training. Sometimes, it may be essential to look over company policies and practices and to suggest changes. The generalist may deploy new human resources policies and practices. Strong teamwork skills are needed, as the human resources generalist will have to work with upper management and staff members. The human resources generalist will often work under the direction of a human resources director. However, the generalist will often supervise staff that perform general human resources administration jobs. Therefore, management skills will come in handy.
Usually, a minimum of a bachelor’s degree is required for this job, along with many years of related experience. Many positions prefer a master’s degree. This job is usually done in an office. However, visiting various departments and travel may be necessary, in order to meet with various employees. Strong computer skills are necessary, and it is usually essential to be able to be able to use Microsoft Word and Excel proficiently. This job has an abundance of duties that need to be performed, so it is important to be able to multitask and to work well under pressure.
Human Resources (HR) Generalist Tasks
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.
Guide managers in recruiting and employee relations.
Administer employee compensation, training and benefit programs.