Human Resources (HR) Manager Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Human Resources (HR) Manager in Everett:
"How little authority I would have."
Ask about how much authority you have to make decisions that impact your job.

Human Resources (HR) Manager in Tampa:
"Company finances."
Research the organization's financial stability and stock market value before you join the organization and the company goes belly up.

Human Resources (HR) Manager in Everett:
"Educate your owners first."
I helped build the HR department where a family owns the business and does not know what HR can do to help the company succeed.

Human Resources (HR) Manager in Indianapolis:
"Never Stop Seeking Knowledge."
Keep learning -- taking as many classes, seminars, webinars, reading white papers, reading HR blogs and forums has been a wonderful resource in helping me figure out how to best do my job.

Human Resources (HR) Manager in Spokane Valley:
"Great Job."
Pros: I love being an advocate for employees. Human beings matter; they're our company's greatest resource.
Cons: I get very little respect. (I got a lot more respect when I worked in accounting.)

Human Resources (HR) Manager in Rancho Cordova:
"Work flexibility, reliability, high stress level."
Pros: Job security, authority to suggest and implement systems.
Cons: Stressful, low pay, too many responsibilities outside job scope.

Human Resources (HR) Manager in Bellevue:
Pros: Interation wth Managment and employees.
Cons: Lack of pay and benifits. Long hours with no compensation.