What's it like to be a Human Resources Director?
A Human Resources Director is the head of people management in a company. They provide the overall direction and work of the HR team including drafting and implementing company policies, approving applicants for hiring and creating programs to benefit employees. They also present reports and findings to senior leadership as required. Human Resources Directors typically have strong management and interpersonal communication skills. They also need organisational, analytical and problem-solving skills as they are working to guide a team of people and help them succeed.
Tasks and duties
- Writing company policies and ensuring they are implemented accordingly.
- Hiring, onboarding and training new employees.
- Overseeing the work of HR managers and serving as their mentor.
- Planning activities and packages for employees including compensation and benefits, performance and talent management and learning and development.
- Ensuring that the company is compliant with local labor laws.
- Working with senior management to make sure that the HR team’s efforts are aligned with the company’s goals.
- Approving the HR team’s budgets.
Human Resources Directors usually have a degree in a relevant field, as well as several years of industry experience.
Complete a degree in psychology, organisational development, management or a related field.
After completing a university degree, use your early career years to gain experience in different fields of HR such as recruitment, learning and development, employee and labour relations and compensation and benefits.
As you move up to mid-level positions, consider pursuing further education. Look into industry certifications or masters degrees. This could be an MBA or masters in management.