What is Human Resource Management?
Human resources (HR) involves everything to do with the management of people in a workplace. As a human resource manager, your days will be diverse and fulfilling.
HR managers may lead role planning, recruitment and selection; performance management; workplace health and safety; staff accountability; and workplace diversity initiatives, among many other responsibilities.
A strong human resource management division delivers a convincing competitive advantage for an organisation.
Much more than reviewing resumes and conducting job interviews, strategic human resource management focuses on helping individuals to reach their potential and ensuring organisations develop the capability and skills they need to achieve their goals.
In today’s digitally connected and increasingly flexible work environment, human resource management also plays a key role in transforming workplaces for the future.
HR managers may have the opportunity to deliver meaningful change in areas including virtual workplaces, off-shoring/outsourcing, work-life balance, organisational learning and workplace psychology.
As technology breaks down barriers between international teams, human resource management must also assist organisations to navigate global labour markets and facilitate multicultural exchange.
What does a human resource manager do?
As a human resource manager, you will likely be a people person who enjoys helping others to get the most out of their job and their work environment.
HR managers must be organised, proactive and discreet, developing trusted partnerships to support people at every level of an organisation. You will work directly with executive leaders, frontline staff and everyone in between. You may be privy to pay details, personal issues and professional tensions.
You must be a good written and oral communicator who knows how to motivate others and create a collaborative and positive workplace culture. An HR manager may work with other managers across the business to set key performance indicators and advise on incentives and bonus structures, pay scales, and equity and diversity targets.
A generalist HR practitioner may provide a range of human resource services, covering both practical people management and strategic human resource management areas.
Or, you may choose to develop skills and experience in HR specialist areas including change management, organisational psychology and behaviour, employee and leadership coaching, workforce economics and analytics, employment relations and more.
What jobs can you do by studying Human Resources Management?
Human resource managers are needed in nearly every industry globally. Studying human resource management equips you with a versatile skill set that can be applied to sectors including energy and resources, hospitality and tourism, healthcare, education, construction, retail and more.
Human resource management jobs will take you from big companies to family businesses, from innovative start-ups to global mega firms like Google, Facebook, Apple or Amazon. State and federal government agencies, local councils, not-for-profits, charities, sporting clubs and music events – all of these organisations (and many more) typically require in-house HR support.
In regional centres and more remote areas, HR jobs tend to be generalist. An HR manager will find their role filled with different tasks and deliverables from one day to the next.
When you complete a Major in Human Resources Management at JCU, you also gain exposure to range of more specialist HR areas, where you may choose to undertake further study or professional development.
The kinds of jobs you could hold with a Bachelor of Business majoring in Human Resource Management from JCU include:
- In-house or external recruiter
- People manager and performance reviewer
- Employment relations specialist
- Internal staff complaints handler
- HR economic analyst
- HR policy developer
- Change manager
- Internal business negotiator
- Leadership coach.
Why study Human Resources Management at JCU?
Cultivate a competitive edge in business by studying human resources management at JCU.
JCU students combine theoretical learning with practical application, gaining hands-on human resource management experience through HR work placements.
JCU students may also deepen their knowledge by completing an HR project sourced from industry.
At JCU, you will study human resource management with a global context and a local focus. Learn about HR challenges and opportunities specific to the Tropics, while joining a globally connected group of peers at our campuses in Queensland, Singapore or online.