Eaton, Tamscin - HR Manager

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[edit] Job Title (Tamscin Eaton)

Human Resources Manager

[edit] General Overview

A human resources manager is a position within a company that ensures overall employee safety, welfare, wellness and health. A human resource manager is mainly concerned with policies and systems about how employees are managed within the company. The human resources department in general is responsible for rewarding current employees (by managing pay and through the benefits system), for conducting performance appraisals, for recruiting new employees and for training and improving existing employees[1]. Furthermore, this position requires human resources managers to be concerned with industrial relations, which makes sure all employees and the company are following laws put in place by the government to protect all parties involved. They maintain and enhance the organization by planning, implementing, and evaluating employee relations and overall policies, programs, and practices. Additionally, they represent management and participate in various committees to maintain relations between management and employees[2].

[edit] Job Duties and Responsibilities

Human resources specialists are responsible for specific tasks such as recruiting, screening, interviewing, placing workers, handling employee relations, payroll and benefits and training. In contrast, human resources managers oversee, plan, direct and coordinate the administrative functions of an organization. They maintain and enhance the organization by planning, implementing, and evaluating employee relations and human resources programs, policies and practices[1]. In general, if the company is big enough, human resources managers supervise specialists in their duties; consult with executives on strategic planning; and link a company’s management with its employees. Human resources managers schedule conferences and meetings between management and employees, they are available to hear and resolve any grievances for employees. They maintain the benefits packages and are able to answer any questions brought about by executives or employees by studying trends. They ensure legal compliance by following the federal and provincial requirements and by maintaining records and files. Lastly, human resources managers maintain their technical and professional knowledge by attending workshops, reviewing publications, establishing work relationships and participating in professional societies[2].

[edit] Typical Workday

Human resources managers can expect to work a typical workweek of Monday to Friday averaging forty hours a week. Overtime would be due to upcoming important meetings, dates, or workshops. They deal with employees working within their company and handle any internal concerns[2]. A typical workday would include resolving and issues between management and employees or between two employees, advising on policies such as equal employment opportunity and sexual harassment, overseeing hiring and firing of employees and supervising their specialists. Furthermore, human resources managers consult with employers to assure that all needs are met, conduct new employee training and the further training of existing employees, processing paperwork and overseeing any disciplinary actions[3].

[edit] Educational Requirements and Other Qualifications

In Ontario, a bachelor’s degree in any field related to personal management, such as psychology, commerce, business administration or industrial relations or the completion of a program in personal administration would be required. Further, in order to become a human resources manager one would need several years of experience as a human resource specialist. Managers typically require the Certified Human Resource Professional designation from the Human Resources Professional Association of Ontario or the Canadian Personnel Professional certification, which is available through the Canadian chapter of the International Personnel Management Association[4] . After receiving an undergraduate degree there are also graduate programs in Human Resources Management offered at numerous colleges. More information is provided through the link below for the Niagara region.

[edit] Related Skills, Interests, and Abilities

Leadership skills, planning skills, problem solving skills, communication skills, organization skills, interpersonal skills and negotiation skills are highly sought after. People skills and the ability to work as a team would be ideal, also, someone who is compassionate and empathetic, someone who is able to put themselves in other people shoes is ideal. Furthermore, it would be imperative that someone in this position be able to differentiate between their emotions and their professionalism. Additionally, interests in laws and regulations such as the employment law, and reading up on and learning new additions would be a positive quality to possess[3].

[edit] Relevance of Psychology Undergraduate Degree

Students with a psychology undergraduate degree have acquired an understanding of people and how they behave in different situations; this allows psychology graduates to viably pursue a career in human resources. Although a bachelor’s degree in psychology is applicable to various different careers, it is most certainly relevant to a career in human resources. Abilities such as the ability to analyze problems and situations and to think critically about them, the ability to interpret different outcomes and issues, the ability to evaluate research and statistics, the ability to understand that genetics, social and behavioural factors influence behaviours and the ability to be aware and sensitive of interpersonal, development and cultural differences are all part of the significance in a psychology degree and what sets us apart from the rest. An undergraduate psychology degree allows students to take in consideration numerous factors outside of just the black and white details of a situation and allows students to understand that there is always more to a situation than what is presented at first. Students in psychology are always ready to learn, ready to keep an open mind and evaluate all types of circumstances in various different ways[5].

[edit] Salary Potential

An entry-level human resources manager in Canada can expect to earn an average salary of $56, 594 per year; however, entry-level salary for this position can range between $40, 753 and $76, 645 annually. Additionally, like any other job, the more experience and years one has in this position allows for a salary increase that can be between $55, 499 and $94, 330 with a median salary of $74, 933. Moreover, in all levels of this position bonuses are possible, which can range from $0 to $13, 458[6].

[edit] Job Outlook

Although the graph depicts lower shares of new job openings for this position it shows a higher share of openings due to attrition compared to all management occupations and all other occupations. Due to the demand of almost every type of company (public administration, manufacturing, professional, scientific and technical services, finance and insurance, retail trade, and other industries) hiring a human resources manager, this position is one that is sought after[4].

[edit] To Know More

[edit] Notes and References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Heathfield, S. (2015). Sample Human Resources Manager Job Description. Retrieved from
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Monster. (2015). Recruiting and Hiring Advice. Retrieved from
  3. 3.0 3.1 All Business Schools. (2002-2015). HR Professionals Manage A Valuable Resource: People. Retrieved from
  4. 4.0 4.1 Employment Ontario. (2015). 0112 Human Resources Managers. Retrieved from
  5. Government of Canada. (2015). Retrieved from
  6. PayScale. (2015). Human Resources (HR) Manager Salary. Retrieved from
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