Leslie Rubero

What Is An HR Manager Responsible For?

The Human Resources (HR) department of any company has a wide range of duties and responsibilities. Here is a closer look if you’ve been wondering what an HR Manager is responsible for.

Hiring and interviewing staff. Depending on the size of a company, individual departments may also conduct their own interview, but the HR department is usually involved in interviewing any potential candidates. Additionally, the HR Manager will handle many of the logistics of onboarding new staff as it pertains to setting up pay, benefits, etc. 

Staff development. Not only is the HR Manager responsible for hiring and interviewing staff, but is responsible to see to it that there is a staff development plan in place. The HR Manager is not always the executor of the training but they are responsible to make sure the training occurs in a timely manner and any local, state, federal, or industry training requirements are met.  

Administering pay, benefits and leave. An HR Manager is responsible for ensuring that employees are not only paid per the company’s payday schedule, but also that employees are receiving accurate compensation. This may be a service that is outsourced to a payroll firm, but the HR Manager would serve as liaison and ensure everything is being handled correctly. Additionally, the HR Manager is responsible for communicating company policies regarding benefits and leave. Not only should the HR Manager be aware of the company’s policies, but they need to be sure those policies are in compliance with applicable local, state and federal policies. This may include, but not be limited to, medical leave allowances, payment of unused sick time, rate of pay, and more. 

Enforcing company policies. Every company has their own policies and procedures, a set of internal guidelines for how different situations will be handled. An HR Manager is not only tasked with enforcing these company policies but also with making sure these internal policies meet local, state and federal guidelines. These policies may include dress code, how to request time off, how to submit a complaint, or a variety of other internal processes. 

Succession planning. An HR Manager is also tasked with ensuring the company has succession plans in place. In case of any number of emergencies or situations, it is important to have a plan for who assumes control of what areas of the company so the decisions don’t need to be made after the fact. 

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