Human Resources (HR) Courses

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Human Resources (HR)

The role of a Human Resources manager encompasses many different things. To work in an HR department, you need to be able to

Almost every business, whether a large industry or a small trade needs an HR manager in order to look after the needs of their workforce. Many of the courses on offer are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Professional Development (CIPD) who oversee qualification of HR professionals worldwide. These courses are held in higher regard by employers than other types of HR qualification.

What does a human resources manager do?

Human Resources Departments deal with the management and motivation of employees. These are commonly found in medium to large businesses, with major corporations sometimes having hundreds of employees in their HR departments.

HR workers help the employees of companies achieve their maximum potential. This can take the form of working to optimise efficiency, perhaps through initiatives like Six Sigma. It can take the form of helping employees with personal or work-related issues through counselling and advice.

What will I learn on an HR course?

Exactly what you learn on an HR course depends largely on the course you choose to take. The CIPD accredited courses, which are normally to the highest standards normally contain the following topics:

  • Employment Law – while HR managers are not qualified legal professionals and will not be as experienced in the nuances of contract law as trained solicitors, they do possess a strong knowledge of employment law. This is important when dealing with
    workplace disputes, a common aspect of the job.
  • Employee Relations – A positive relationship between employer and employee will lead to a better business for everyone involved, be they manager, worker or client. Learning to manage the various aspects of employee relations is key to the role of an HR manager.
    o This includes psychological wellbeing, ensuring that employees feel happy and motivated in their work, and are not unduly affected by work (or personal) conditions in the workplace.
    o It also includes good communication between management and employees, so that everyone in the company knows what is going on at all times, and that concerns from the employees are passed on to management and dealt with accordingly, thereby reducing the potential for conflict in the workplace,
    o An HR Manager should also be able to control diversity in the workplace and ensure that everyone who works at the business feels welcome and accepted, regardless of their background, ethnicity or sexuality.
  • Employee Recruitment – It is often HR departments that are responsible for controlling the hiring process. Although the HR departments in very large companies do not generally have direct control over the hiring of new workers (at least at entry level), they will define the guidelines and control the interview process that leads to the recruitment of new hires.
  • Leadership – HR is often the cutting edge of leadership in the workplace. While major policy decision is usually made by the highest level of management, it is HR that enact the policies and lead the employees forward. They can also be responsible for the drafting of new policy and corporate legislation.

What can I expect to do once I finish?

Once you have finished a course in Human Resources, you will be qualified to work in an office setting. HR workers can earn between €36,000 and €49,000 a year, with HR executives enjoying salaries up to €63,000, so as well as being a rewarding career, it is also well a paid one. With a CIPD-recognised course, you will be excellently trained for working in the HR departments of most major companies. With more than 100 courses available, there is sure to be an HR course perfect for you.

Jessica Hetley

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