INTRODUCTION

It is said, “ Build your people, and those people will build your business “. Ever wondered why in every interview, one step always includes interaction with the Human resources department. It’s because the Human Resources department is the most valuable asset of any organization, and the role of hr is incomparable.

LIST OF ROLES

  1. Organizational needs
  2. Selecting the Right candidate 
  3. On the job training
  4. Learning Modules
  5. Incentive linked jobs
  6. Performance Evaluation
  7. Salary and Allowances
  8. Growth Opportunities
  9. Post-employment Package
  10. Employee’s Feedback
  11. Implementing  Policies and Rules
  12. Work Environment 
  13. Administration
  14. Maintaining Labour relations
  15. Updated Information System
  16. News Sharing
  17. Personal Well- Being of Employees
  18. Future Planning

1. Organizational needs

The first and foremost role of hr is to analyze and decide organizational needs. The questions to be addressed first, keeping in mind the financial budget,: Where is the organization’s vacancy and whether it can be filled up within the organization? 

2. Selecting the Right candidate 

It’s very important that the right person fits the right role for maximum efficiency. Apart from the academic qualifications and experience, hr job description demands evaluating such a person’s personality also.

3. On the job training 

The role of hr doesn’t end just by recruiting the right person. Training programs like job rotation, team building activities, or new technology training are put in place to enhance the skills of employees. This will ensure not only better productivity but also greater satisfaction among the employees.

4. Learning Modules

 Employees should be exposed to different learning modules, which will develop their knowledge base. Giving such opportunities creates a happy and motivated work environment. 

5. Incentive linked jobs

A job description of hr manager requires creating bonus or incentive-linked performance plans for employees’ better productivity.  A bonus incentive is one of the best forms of appreciation every employee seeks. In some organizations, A grading system is employed where reaching a  grade is equivalent to a certain bonus amount, while in some, certain targets are given. Better the grade, more the incentive.

6. Performance Evaluation

After every few months,  hr responsibilities entail sitting and reviewing employee’s performance with them. This will involve the project they have worked on already and their role in the same, and how well they completed the tasks, they were delegated. Also, if tasks couldn’t be performed, then what was the reason for the same. 

7. Salary and Allowances

One of the roles of hr is to brief the employee on joining regarding his basic salary package plus other benefits like travel allowances, health benefits, vacation time, sick leaves, stock purchase plans, etc. 

8. Growth Opportunities

If an employee’s capability exceeds the position he has been in, then this leads to frustration. Its the role of hr to continuously supervise their employee’s performance and, based on that, form a career growth plan. Guiding them on their careers entails more trust and loyalty within the employees towards the organization.

9. Post-employment Package 

In case of early termination or case of retirement, there should be well-defined rules. Its the role and responsibility of hr recruiter to clearly communicate the compensation rules to the employees on the date of their joining to avoid any future confusion.

10. Employee’s Feedback

 One of the hr responsibilities is to develop an environment of open communication within the organization. This will motivate employees to come forward with their grievances if they are facing any problem within the organization. This gives a sense of security to employees.  

11. Implementing  Policies and Rules

Apart from the above roles, the role of hr is to develop certain rules and procedures in place. Policies related to password confidentiality, fraudulent work practices should be communicated and monitored, failing, which the defaulter should be punished accordingly.  

12. Work Environment 

An hr job description includes implementing and clearly communicating basic etiquette and disciplinary rules like anti workplace harassment, unhealthy employee relations, inappropriate work clothes, use of inappropriate language, etc. 

13. Administration 

Another key role of hr is to create and maintain the payroll system.  This would include the employee’s personal details and reimbursement of expenses, deduction of taxes, credit of allowances, provident funds, etc.

14. Maintaining Labour relations

This role entails ensuring strict compliance with the labour laws of the country to avoid penalties. It also includes maintaining labour relations with other trade unions within the industry for smooth business operation.

15. Updated Information System

An information system should be put in place, which will have all the employee’s information in one place. This would include all his details from joining till he left the organization. This should be updated on a continuous basis.

16. News Sharing 

One of the hr responsibilities is to share with transparency any key information related to the company like corporate restructuring, mergers, acquisitions, changes in the board of management. This should be circulated through the company’s newsletters or news board. 

17. Personal Well- Being of Employees

The safety and health of the employees should be the prime concern of a company. Proper medical care should be made available to them in case of any emergencies. It’s legally required to employ Safety measures and educate the staff regarding the same as well in case of contingencies.

18. Future Planning

Not only the present but the role of hr also includes deciding the future course of action Whether to introduce a new job title and recruiting the people for the same or downsizing the current payroll to comply with the financial budget needs to be decided by human resources.

CONCLUSION

After evaluating the above roles of HR, it can be safely said that the human resource department is the soul of the organization. Its people build a brand, and finding those right people is what Human resources do. 

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