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 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:
Be patient, be thorough and be fair.

Human Resources (HR) Manager in Memphis:
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.

Human Resources (HR) Manager in Bellevue:
"HR Professional Advice."
Listen to your line managers to find out what their goals and challenges are, before offering advice and counsel. Make sure you understand the bigger picture of the business you are supporting. Build trust with line managers by adding value to their business if you expect them to listen to you and take your advice. Join a professional association to learn everything you can about the profession, build a network of support, and stay on top of changes to laws and regulations. Maintain a sense of humor. Be patient with people.