The New Human Resource Manager

Learning Objective 4

  1. Explain what sorts of competencies, knowledge, and skills characterize today’s new human resource manager.

When asked, “Why do you want to be an HR manager?” many people basically say, “Because I’m a people person.” Being sociable is certainly important, but as we’ve seen in this chapter it takes much more. Tasks like formulating strategic plans and making data-based decisions require new competencies and skills.

What does it take to be a human resource manager today? The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has a “competency model” (called the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge™); it itemizes the competencies, skills, knowledge, and expertise that human resource managers need. ...

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