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What Does HR Do?

Last updated March 7, 2024

Whether you are looking for a job, are just starting a job, or have had many jobs before, it is more than likely that you will or already have interacted with HR. No matter what company you work for, it will have an HR department. Here are four key things to know about HR and what it can do for you.

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What is HR?

HR stands for Human Resources. The main function of HR is to look out for the well-being of all employees at the organization. This includes overseeing the entire employee life cycle: recruiting, hiring, onboarding new employees, training, helping employees understand their benefits, and encouraging professional development.

They also are responsible for some of the more complicated things that can happen at work, like dealing with internal misconduct and supporting conflict management and resolution between employees. Whether you are a new or long-standing employee, remember that the main goal of the HR department is to support you. If you ever have a conflict at work or feel that you need something resolved, you should be empowered to reach out to HR for support.

Recruitment and Hiring

If you are applying for a job, you are likely sending your resume and cover letter to an HR representative. Your first interview at the company will likely also be with them. Their job is to know the company well and understand what kind of people thrive there! Be sure to ask them questions about how you can be a great fit for their company.

Pay and Benefits

HR is usually in charge of making sure that you are enrolled in direct deposit or that you’re getting paid in your preferred way. They also will enroll you in any other benefits that your company might offer, like health insurance, professional development opportunities, paid time off (PTO), and tuition reimbursement. If you have questions about any of those benefits, ask HR!

Advocates for a Safe Workplace

One of the more potentially uncomfortable aspects of HR is that they have to deal with employee or company misconduct. The good news is that their job is to ensure that every employee knows their rights as workers and that the company is following the law. If you have an issue with a coworker or supervisor (like a dispute you need a moderator for or just someone to be a third party), know that your HR representative is there to help you and advocate for your success.

Provide Career Growth

Often, HR is in charge of ensuring that all employees receive professional development through formal feedback and evaluations. This is also your chance to provide feedback for the company and make sure that they know what you want out of your career. Sharing your goals with them helps them be a great advocate for you within the company!

Have any questions about HR? Text #Jobs to 33-55-77 to chat with one of our advisors. If you're using a mobile device, click here to have the text message set up for you!

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