GW’s head of human resources will leave next month to take a similar role at New York University and be closer to her family. Vice President for Human Resources Sabrina Ellis made the announcement last week, after four years at GW. In her time at the …
Articles by beverlyclarktraining
‘Human Resources’ can sound like a very made-up or unreal job position for those who are on the outside looking in. What does it even mean to be someone who deals with human resources? To start to disambiguate this issue, it’s important to define what is meant by the term. Human Resources is the task of managing the labor within an organization. Granted, this sort of work can take on many forms, but once you realize the breadth and depth of the position’s responsibilities, you’ll be more aware of how valuable the HR position is within a company.
Human resource professionals are the individuals at a company that typically oversee the hiring and firing processes and often times are the individuals who are credited or blamed for many aspects of the workforce and the performance of the group. If you have a job right now, chances are there is someone in your Human Resources department who would could potentially thank.
Training is another big area that falls under the purview of the human resources department. Human resource departments need to show, with actions, that they believe in their team. Building a great team at a business is more than just finding, recruiting and keeping great talent, it’s also a matter of taking that talent and molding it to the company’s objectives and values. Hr training is partially about adding skills and equal parts about developing a healthy and abundant mindset.
While we all might groan at the notion of paying more in the way of fees and taxes out of our paychecks, we accept that much of this is a necessary evil. What is not so often discussed is the fact that these finer details of your pay and the company’s payroll costs are also managed by human resources. If you like or dislike the benefits package at your company, the human resource department is the object of your praise or scorn.
Now that you have begun to understand some of the high-level responsibilities that come with the Human Resources title, you’d be much more prepared to decide about potentially entering the field or progressing further within it. Generally speaking, having a knack for dealing with other people is often a highly desirable trait of a human-resource specialist. If human resource management isn’t something that sounds appealing to you, consider meeting the Human Resources individual within your company, now that you can actually strike up a conversation about what they do and how it relates to your position in the company as well!