What is Human Resource Management?

Posted August 19, 2014 | By csponline

Most people have some idea of what human resources is: the department within a company that coordinates staff on all levels. This can mean hiring and firing, recruiting, interviewing and planning company events. However, it’s harder to define human resource management as a career itself. What does an average day consist of? What do you actually do? At CSP, we want you to have a clear idea of what our online human resource management degree can do for your career. Read on to find out what it means to have a career in this exciting and rewarding field.

In general, human resource managers plan and direct the administrative functions of an organization. They serve as a liaison between a company’s management and its staff. These professionals work in virtually every industry in an office environment. The average annual salary for human resource managers was just under $100,000 in 2012, and employment is growing as fast as the national average for this position.

On the Job

In a management role, human resources professionals supervise interpersonal relationships to ensure that a company can run smoothly. They also manage individuals throughout their employment. As these general responsibilities suggest, staffing is one of the main components of any human resource manager’s job. They set guidelines and procedures so that the proper candidates are recruited, interviewed and placed. Effective staffing procedures enable the human resources department as a whole to create a cohesive company structure.

Another main responsibility of human resource managers is to manage existing employees. This can mean carrying out disciplinary action, keeping track of leave and absences, ensuring health and safety and firing employees. In this position, you’ll also train new employees so they can do their jobs effectively and be long-term assets to the organization. Cultivating the skills of existing employees is one of the best ways to ensure the success of a business.

If you pursue a career as a human resource manager, you’ll also be in charge of performance management. This involves determining salary scales, pay increases and career progression. Keeping these kinds of employee records ensures that the right individuals are rewarded when they do their jobs well. It also means that there is a clear sense of company structure. When an organization decides to move forward with hiring someone, human resource managers coordinate salary and benefit packages.

Aside from these central responsibilities, human resource managers are also involved in maintaining interpersonal relationships. This can mean small-scale conflict resolution between individual employees or relationships at the organizational level, such as how departments work with one another. One of the most important aspects of a successful business is a functional relationship between staff and management. Human resource managers keep lines of communication open and create a clear sense of community within an organization. This ensures that all employees work toward the common goal of company success.

As you’ve probably gathered from all this, the ultimate role of human resource managers is closely tied to the title itself—managing the people within an organization. Successful professionals in this position can plan, monitor and evaluate as needed so a company can effectively use its human capital. In a company that has high-quality human resource managers, employees know their role and career path while feeling like a part of the organization as a whole.


To work in human resources, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree in the field. That being said, you can only get so far in human resources without graduate study. To be the head of a company’s human resources department, you will likely need a master’s degree in human resource management. This depends on the size of the company, of course. In general, you’ll need a combination of education and experience to work at the management level of human resources.

At CSP, we offer both undergraduate and graduate study in human resources management. Depending on where you are in your career, either program could be a great fit for you. Both of our human resource management degrees are aligned with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)’s “HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates” and are designed for busy adult students who require the flexibility of online learning.

Our bachelor’s in Human Resource Management online program consists of 40 credit hours and is offered fully online. It provides a comprehensive study of the skills you’ll need to practice human resources. You’ll develop your knowledge and skills while learning to apply it to modern organizations. Our goal is for you to become a strategic partner within an organization while helping it to run effectively.

For those interested in graduate study, our online master’s degree in Human Resource Management consists of 36 hours and is offered fully online as well. It provides you with the skills you need to become a leader in any company’s human resources department. Courses focus on maximizing the return on investment associated with human capital.

If you are passionate about helping to achieve results through people, a career in human resource management could be right for you. Professionals in this field play a vital role in the success of all types of companies and organizations. Learn more about what a human resources career can mean for you and get started with us today.

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