Human Resources Managers: The Crucial Link
For any business enterprise to run smoothly, employees and employers must understand and meet each others’ needs. Human resources (HR) managers are the link between these two sides, making sure employers understand the concerns of their employees, while communicating organization policy to the staff. It’s no wonder then that they are open both to business-related and personal offers they can share with employees.
A Pool of Prospects
There are approximately 1 million HR professionals across the country, according to the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), an association serving HR professionals. Additionally, this market skews heavily female, says Guy Crossley, vice president of marketing at M. Lee Smith Publishers, a publisher catering to business executives. HR managers are responsible for many tasks, from writing job descriptions and conducting interviews, to overseeing compensation and benefits administration, to ensuring management is compliant with labor laws. “They use services and products that assist with recruiting efforts, training efforts, outsourcing/ consulting, screening, benefits, and any other services [relating] to human capital issues in their specific industry,” describes Jen Jorgensen, media affairs specialist for SHRM.
However, the specific needs of an HR manager will vary by industry and a company’s specific requirements. “In the world of human resources, there’s the professional and then there’s the generalist,” points out John Papalia, president of Danbury, Conn.-based Statlistics, a list management and brokerage agency that handles a number of HR-related lists, including the file for Workforce Management magazine. “In smaller companies, the HR person … orders supplies, takes care of any travel for the company, takes care of any 401(k) and financial opportunities,” describes Papalia. Larger organizations may have personnel strictly devoted to HR tasks and even break out responsibilities among a larger department. Knowing whether an HR manager is in a larger corporation with a special focus on benefits, or is part of a small outfit and is juggling a number of tasks will help you better direct your offers.