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 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 El Paso:
"Good experience."
Pros: Lots of responsibility as an officer and fast. Great to build resume or make a career. Stable job.
Cons: Moving every 3 years, deploying and being away from family and friends.

Human Resources (HR) Manager in Charlotte:
"Great career."
Pros: Managing people, new challenge every day.
Cons: The exact same as above, not viewed as essential.

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.

Human Resources (HR) Manager in Doylestown:
"You have to pave your own way!"
I took an entry level recruiting job over 8 years ago and kept asking for more responsibility. I carved out my own role as a human resources coordinator. I then grew into the HR Manager for a small firm (25 employees). I then began to search for my next step. I found my employer and challenged my self to make positive change in a much bigger environment (1500+ employees), In under 4 years we have dramatically changed the culture of HR and have become that resource for our employees to find answers and seek assistance as needed. Basically what I am saying is you need to pave your own path in your career and never be complacent.

Human Resources (HR) Manager in Memphis:
"Lead in a way that captures your teams' hearts."
Lead in a way that captures your teams' hearts. Your team is looking for a reason to follow you so give them your positive face all the time and help them understand where you want the team to go.