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As HR manager, you play a large role in employee relations, act as a liaison between employees and upper management, have an important role in hiring, recruiting, training, and the overall management of internal employees. Depending on the size and scope of your organization, you may also spearhead other initiatives or take on additional HR related functions. The role requires that you have a diverse skillset and a number of years of experience working in human resources.
Your main responsibilities include development of the human resources department, managing human resources information systems, training and development, employee and employee relations, compensation and benefits, organizational development, and ensuring the company is compliant with laws.
HR managers typically report to the human resources director, the VP of human resources or, in smaller companies, the CEO.
HR manager salaries in Canada are appealing, a reason why many human resources professionals strive to work at the management level. A newly hired human resources manager can expect a starting salary of about $70,000 per year, and you could make up to $80,000 or more depending on your experience and other factors, such as location. With 7 or more years of experience under your belt, you could make up to $115,000 annually.
HR managers wear many hats, and one of their main roles is to put out fires and address issues as they arise. While they manage the overall functioning of the human resources department for companies ranging from small business to large corporations, day-to-day tasks can vary greatly. Here are some of the most common day-to-day tasks associated with the position:
Human resources managers can work in virtually any city in Canada. Companies of all sizes require an experienced HR manager to handle this function of the company. As you would expect, there are more opportunities in larger cities with more established business sectors and corporate headquarters, such as Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa, and Montreal.
HR managers bring a diverse skillset to the table. They have an overarching skillset that addresses many different areas of organizational operations. To be successful as a human resources manager, you will need to be well versed in these skills and abilities:
You'll need a bachelor’s degree in HR, business, communications or a related field. However, a master’s degree and further education related to human resources management is preferred. Becoming a member of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) is also helpful.
HR managers tend to stay in their position for a number of years. Many make unilateral moves and go on to work for other companies in the same or a similar role. There is room for career growth as some HR managers move on to director and VP roles. Other management roles within HR are also a possibility.