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Human resources represent the company capital in terms of skills and production capacity. Business processes must be planned, integrated, monitored, protected, updated whenever the need arises and, as much as automation and robotization are increasingly present in the life of companies, the choice and management of competent collaborators remains an essential requirement for the future of any project. In a period marked by a real revolution in methods of labor participation that are becoming increasingly lively and flexible, HR Managers(Human Resource Managers) therefore acquire an even more central role that is not limited only to the recruiting process. But what are their tasks and what are the paths that enables to train qualified HR Managers? Let’s analyze the prerogatives of this professional figure and try to provide an accurate profile.

What HR Managers do: what are their responsibilities?

First of all, HR Managers have the task of identifying what are the needs of a company in terms of skills, by working closely with the management and department heads. They are responsible for planning recruitment campaigns, establishing candidate selection criteria and facilitating the hiring of personnel capable of providing added value in favor of production dynamics. However, this role cannot be limited to the introduction phase of team members in the company. In fact, the latter must be able to operate in a context and within projects that enhance their talents. They often have the need to access training to update their skills, they must be adequately remunerated and rewarded, they can also have specific needs in terms of working hours or locations. For all these reasons, HR Managers must be able to plan, analyze and supervise every aspect concerning human resources. This role does not end in the definition of company policy on personnel management, the latter, in fact, must be continually adapted and improved both in relation to the achievements and to the instructions of collaborators and workers themselves.

What are the activities that a Human Resource Manager must carry out?

HR Managers must have an in-depth knowledge of the identity of the company in which they operate helping to define it with regard to organizational aspects. A brand's reputation also depends on its recruitment procedures how it relates to employees, how much it pays them, the ability to ensure a safe working environment and the opportunities of growth it can offer. For these reasons, among the main activities of an HR Manager we find:
  • the planning, management and control of recruitment campaigns starting from the drafting of job advertisements, and therefore the interviews to be held, up to placement programs in the company organization chart;
  • mediation between the positions of management and those of workers and their representatives;
  • attendance at all initiatives and events concerning personnel administration as well as the definition of the budget for human resources;
  • the writing and updating of reports relating to every aspect of HR management, from research to hiring, from the achievement of production goals to any termination of employment relationships;
  • the analysis and assessment of corporate strategies regarding human resources management as well as the implementation of proactive methods for the prevention of any critical issues;
  • problem solving, aimed at improving the performance of employees, removing obstacles that negatively affect the ability to collaborate between workers, managing shifts to maximize productivity, improving safety conditions, or training as response to new market trends;
  • the management of the economic and financial aspects concerning human resources including salaries, benefits and bonuses.
The HR Manager’s job is also characterized by a constant review of the corporate approach to personnel management, with the aim of identifying the advantages and disadvantages of the policies adopted, avoiding all the rigid constraints which may prove uneconomical and counterproductive.

What qualifications do we need to become an HR Manager?

The HR Manager is a multitasking professional figure with multidisciplinary skills. It is a profile that requires soft skills and specialized knowledge at the same time, for this reason an HR Manager must have communication skills as well as know how to work with data without forgetting the fundamental role that new technologies and digitization of business processes have in this field. HR Managers are members of a team, managers, motivators, coordinators, organizers, creative talents and negotiators, at the same time. And therefore, they must be able to demonstrate leadership skills and represent a reference point both for the management and workforce. The training path of an HR Manager includes the achievement of a Bachelor’s Degree or a Master’s Degree in Business Administration or Human Resource Management. To increase their skills and become more competitive in the job market, it may be useful to attend a Master, such as Talent Garden’s. It is a Master in Digital HR structured in a blended training course, it combines traditional methods in the classroom and autonomous training and it is divided between on-demand content, online live learning sessions and face-to-face lessons on the Talent Garden Campus. The Master is reserved for professionals who wish to specialize in the world of digital applied to HR. The duration is equal to 6 weekends, to which are added Career Boost and Networking activities up to 2 months after the end of the course. It is divided into 4 live-streaming weekends and 2 in-presence weekends on the Campus of Talent Garden. After the Master of Talent Garden, 56% of the participants changed job or company and the trainees work in industry-leading realities such as Leroy Merlin, Max Mara, Sky and Randstad.

What is the average salary of an HR Manager?

The average salary of an HR Manager is around 61.000 euro a year, over 30 euro per hour. In fact, it is almost 4 times higher than the average salary in Italy, starting from a minimum of 43.000 euro a year up to 85.000 euros of HR Managers with greater experience.

Conclusions

The new ways of working that have emerged over the last few years (which are much more concentrated on remote service and mobile working) have also changed the management of relationships between organizations and human resources. For this reason, a professional figure such as that of the HR Manager becomes increasingly relevant and sought after by companies that need to secure new skills, enhance their workforce and optimize business processes.
Article updated on: 09 August 2023
Talent Garden
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Talent Garden, Digital Skills Academy

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