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
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
Chapter 3 The Many Hats HR Professionals Wear
A Few Caveats
Primary Skills Required of Each Role
Choosing One’s Role—Some Guidelines
Chapter 4 The HR Career Success Model
Why a Model?
Underlying Assumptions of The HR Career Success Model
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
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
Chapter 7 Actions to Take: Learning About the Organization
Our Assumptions About Organizations
The Success Model Factors
Guides to Learning About the Organization
Chapter 8 Achieving Results: Pathways to Success
Illustrative Case Studies
Marketing by the Customer
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