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1st Edition

Shaping Your HR Role

ISBN 9780750678230
Published July 27, 2011 by Routledge
264 Pages

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Book Description

This book has been written for the HR Practitioner and will provide readers with tools, guidelines, ideas, and strategies for developing their role within the Human Resources function. This text focuses on current issues and future trends in both the HR profession and the workplace. Organizations will continue to be forced to function in a lean and mean manner, HR professionals are now required to manage outsourcing functions and to move through multiple internal roles quickly. This book will act as a roadmap to help them plan and implement these roles quickly and efficiently, aligned to their organizations strategy.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Chapter 1 Laying the Groundwork for Success
Help Wanted: Competent and Confident HR Professionals
The Opportunities
The Challenges
Making Development a Priority
Bring Who You Are To What You Do

Chapter 2 What Does an HR Career Look Like Today?: Opportunities, Appeals, and Challenges
The Opportunities: A Multitude of Options in Crafting an HR Career
The Many and Varied Appeals of an HR Career
The Challenges of an HR Career
Concluding Remarks
Chapter 3 The Many Hats HR Professionals Wear
Role Framework
A Few Caveats
Role Descriptions
Primary Skills Required of Each Role
Choosing One’s Role—Some Guidelines
Consulting Careers
Concluding Remarks

Chapter 4 The HR Career Success Model
Why a Model?
Underlying Assumptions of The HR Career Success Model
The Model
Additional Considerations
Concluding Remarks

Chapter 5 Actions to Take: Learning About Yourself
Experience—The Great Teacher
What Skills Do You Bring to the Table?
Traits—What is the Way You Approach the World?
Values—What Would You Fight For?
Likes and Dislikes—Knowing What Excites (and Deflates) You
Emotional Intelligence—How Do We Manage Ourselves and Our Relationships?
More Strategies for Gaining Self Knowledge
Concluding Remarks

Chapter 6 Actions to Take: Learning About the Field
Learning About the Functional Areas of HR
Learning About Issues and Trends in HR
Structured Learning Experiences
Unstructured Learning Experiences
Additional Guides, Steps, and Tips for Gaining Field Knowledge
Concluding Remarks

Chapter 7 Actions to Take: Learning About the Organization
Our Assumptions About Organizations
The Success Model Factors
Guides to Learning About the Organization
Concluding Remarks

Chapter 8 Achieving Results: Pathways to Success
Illustrative Case Studies
Marketing by the Customer
Demonstrating Impact
Values Conflicts

Chapter 9 Your Future in Human Resources: Career Development Planning for the Savvy (and Sometimes Stubborn)
The Case for Development
Where Does Motivation Come From?
Planning for Your Development: Getting Started
Key Trends Affecting Your Plans
Proven Development Steps
The Next Dwelling House

Appendix A—Exercises and Activities to Gain Self-Knowledge
Appendix B—HR and HR-related Professional Associations
Appendix C—Interview Guide
Appendix D—Example of HR Career Paths


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