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 Antioch:
"Hear the whole story without interuotio."
Continue to address issues case by case and stay on top of best practices and current and relevant public policies or company rules.

Human Resources (HR) Manager in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada:
"Take things less personally and more professionally."
Everyone has a story and they see you, as an HR person, through that lense. That lense is muted with the employee's life experiences, good or bad, and they project that on to you. In my experience most people are reasonable people and therefore can be reasoned with. It is the odd or unusual scenario when people are less reasonable, and you should not take what they think about you or the business too personally. Their opinion counts, but it should not count any more than any other employee opinion. It should also not distort your view of humanity or your company. If those people really are not a good fit for the company, you should find a way to part ways, rather than expend too much precious time to try and make them happy, when what you do may make no actual difference in their happiness (on or off the job).

Human Resources (HR) Manager in Fairfax:
"Don't sell yourself short."
You need increase your confidence because you sell yourself short and not asking for what you are worth.

Human Resources (HR) Manager in New Britain:
"My Life as an HR."
Always be prepared for new challenges that arise, and come to work with an open mind. Leave the outside world worries behind you when you walk in to your companies doors and take all the knowledge with you in. You learn everyday something new , life is full of surprises and their is room for new things to learn, everyone is not the same, so don't treat all the employees the same.... Good Luck:)

Human Resources (HR) Manager in Kansas City:
"Represent both the company and the employees."
HR is a "people" skill set. Knowing the Fair Labor Standards Act is good, knowing how to interact with people is mandatory. The company has policies, make sure they are followed. The employees will have issues that may be outside the norm, listen, listen, listen then act. You need to be strong in Leadership, Employee Relations, Recuiting, Personnel, Compensation, and Training/Development. A former President of our local Steelworkers Union (5000 members) one told me, "Mike, you don't always do what's in the book, but you always do what is right.

Human Resources (HR) Manager in Huron:
"Legalities."
Be patient, be thorough and be fair.

Human Resources (HR) Manager in Memphis:
"HRM-manufacturing."
Working for a smaller organization gives you more authority to make change and an impact on the business.