According to its size, the layout of human resources varies at the heart of each business. It tends to the progress of the company’s business and can be achieved via different methods, either through internal management or through an external office.

Full details on human resources

Usually, human resources consist of linking the economical necessities to the social reality. It is often known as HR, its acronym. Generally, it is a department affiliated to a company taking charge of the employer-employee relationship. This service is subdivided into two main activities: in one hand, the administrative side covering payrolls and employment contracts; and on the other hand, the management side taking charge of skill-management, recruiting and training. More precisely, it takes charge of implementing a HR strategy contributing to the company’s strategy. Generally, it does not correspond to a professional or economic sector, but to a cross-cutting function needed by each company.  It also has collaborators, such as the managers of certain human resources’ tasks.

What are the roles and occupations of HR within a company?

It generally has a very important role in a company because it is highly responsible of its success. It guarantees multiple functions such as recruitment, social relations and professional training. The very first mission it takes charge of is to ensure the coordination between the general strategy and the workers’ skills. The general strategy is formalized by the company’s general management. From an administrative perspective, HR service takes care of monitoring the application of the strategy and managing the pay-slips’ calculation. It is responsible of for establishing a salary grid. Concerning the development, the HR service is has the task of facilitating exchanges. It is the intermediary between the company’s direction and the employees, which is why it is the department responsible of drawing-up employment contracts while hiring. During the latter, the HR has the main mission of advising the operational staff, coordinating all activities related to the HR project and implementing its policies. In short, the human resources department plays a role in the company’s development; apart from that, it has other functions such as recruiting the best fitting candidate.

The required profile and character to become a HR agent

First of all, you should never forget that working for the HR department is to take care of human beings. Therefore, one should never be rebellious to any contact. This profession a very important role within a company, it requires many qualities because the agent should be occupied in an experienced setting and must have an in-depth knowledge of labor law. In fact, working at the HR department demands several profiles: well-organized worker, good time management, excellent communication skills, responsible and reliable individual. Whatever the field, this job calls for a person who is accurate, strict, confidential, has an interest for labor law and does not mind being occasionally bothered. The candidate must also have a university degree. For the former, two or three years of studies after getting the baccalaureate degree are sufficient; as for the latter, it requires at least 5 years of studies after the baccalaureate.

Human resources education to pursue

Before choosing a school in which you want to conduct your studies, try to find some good insertions from alumni who have an idea about the teachers’ profiles, and keep in mind the importance of the practical courses. The objective behind these studies is to help the students broaden their fields of expertise. There are different paces among these curriculums. You can learn whether it’s night school, online education, work-study education or an alternating internship. Moreover, there is the possibility to have online or local education. Each company must anticipate the situation and organize human resources’ training programs in order to learn how to deal with economical problems. Deciding on a HR training category depends on the nature of your university diploma and your knowledge. As an example, there is the Technology University Degree in Business Management and Administration (“Diplôme Universitaire de Technologie en Gestion des Entreprises et des Administrations” (DUT GEA) in French). The required registration level in this curriculum is the baccalaureate and its costs are low. It has the aim of forming professionals in the administration of payrolls and career management. In addition, there are post-baccalaureate education programs. It has the same required enrollment level as the “DUT GEA”, but its cost is high. Post-BTS (certificate of a higher technician) and post-DUT (University diploma of technology) are reserved for those who had at least 2 years of education after the baccalaureate. The costs of this training are low in the public sector and average in the public sector. Finally, there is the university diploma. This type of education is quite rare because it only functions under the sole responsibility of the university delivering its knowledge, which is highly variable depending on the company.