Human Resources Manager  What They Do

Just the Facts


Plans, directs and coordinates human resource management activities of an organization to maximize the strategic use of human resources and maintain functions such as employee compensation, recruitment, personnel policies, and regulatory compliance.

This career is part of the Business, Management and Administration cluster Business Management pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Administers compensation and benefits programs.
  • Plans, directs, supervises, and coordinates work activities of human resources staff.
  • Recruits, interviews and selects applicants for staff vacancies.
  • Assigns personnel to appropriate position and team.
  • Informs employees about work policies, benefits and opportunities for promotion.
  • Settles disputes, fires employees and administers disciplinary procedures when necessary.
  • Advises managers on policies related to equal employment opportunities and sexual harassment.
  • Adjusts policies to keep benefits programs competitive and to meet legal requirements.
  • Handles questions, interprets contracts and helps resolve work-related problems.
  • Plans and conducts new employee orientation.

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Human Resources Managers

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

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