The Importance Of A HR Manager

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By - 30 June 2009

Have you noticed the current trend towards hiring a Human Resource (HR) manager and don’t know what all the fuss is about? Are you contemplating hiring your own HR manager but aren’t sure if it’s really that beneficial in terms of your business development? Are you unsure as to what exactly a HR manager is responsible for and why? Well, there’s no use having all these questions without any answers, so let’s take a look at exactly what a HR manager is and does and what real human issues they can help you deal with in your business.


Chances are, like the numerous other companies around Australia and around the world, your business development would be seriously benefited by employing a competent HR manager.


Giving You the Team You Need.


As the owner of your business, it is common sense that you would want the right people working for you - a team that not only do their jobs well, but who stick around for the long-term. The main aim of a HR manager is to strategically recruit, retain and optimise the employment of your staff. HR management make sure that they hire the right new employees; provide the training and career development opportunities to enhance the skills and capabilities of your workforce. They conduct regular performance evaluations and compile intricate employee data to track employees’ development and assign promotions and deal with possible redundancies. Basically, they deal with the human issues side of things.


In this way, HR managers become your partners in running business, responsible for making sure that you have the best team possible working for you, whilst you take care of the multitude of other business details.


Keeping Your Employees Happy = Keeping You Happy.


There are a great many ways of ensuring that you not only have the right people working for you, but that you are getting the absolute best out of each of your employees. Think of your HR manager as a human issues and behaviour specialist – they know what your employees want and need to produce the best results in your workplace. Through constant, behind-the-scenes observation and analysis, they are in the position to know what strategies to employ to make sure that your employees are equipped with not only the tools, but the motivation to achieve their best.


This is particularly beneficial to any business owner and manager, because who has the time, energy and resources to personally and constantly attend to each want and need of your individual employees, when you have that never-ending list of “more important” tasks to complete? The truth of the matter is, however, that keeping your employees happy is the key to a successful workplace. When employees feel like their management team cares about their wants and needs, they will let you (or more specifically, your HR manager) know exactly what they really need to do their best. When they see these needs being addressed they know that you are working towards giving them the best conditions to work under and they, in return, will give you the best work they are capable of. But the advantages do not end there. When employees show higher levels of contentedness in their workplace and motivation to work, not only does more and better work get done, but you are significantly more likely to hold onto these enormously valuable assets in the long-term.


Increasing Your Success.


Above all else, HR managers are responsible for maximising your business’ return on the investments you make in your employees, as well as minimising the financial risks involved in employment issues. By recruiting, retaining and optimising the employment of your staff for you, they are saving you the excess time, effort and money that you would have spent trying to do it for yourself.


This is not a deficiency on your part, there are very few people who can manage a business and attend to the needs of their employees like a high-quality HR manager is specifically trained to do. They can help ensure that you hire the best person for each job position; they can help make sure that they receive the right tools to complete the job at the best of their ability, they will make sure that your staff are satisfied in their jobs, meaning turn-over costs are low and they do all this so that you can focus on running your business and achieving your dreams.


In the end, it is difficult to really definitively measure the benefits of employing a HR manager for your business development, because so much of the results are based on the intangibles. But compare the profitability of a company with Human Resources, and one without and you will know the importance of a HR manager.

About the Author

George Butler
Raj Aryan has varied interest in the field of business. In particular, he has a keen interest in SME's and the challenges these businesses face. He has written numerous articles about small business.