Human Resources (HR): Overview, Products & Services

Resources Designed to Support and Improve Human Resources (HR) Operations

What is Human Resources (HR)?

Human Resources (HR) Departments are primiarly responsible for personnel sourcing, hiring, training, talent development, employee benefits administration. HR Departmants must also ensure that all such practices are in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. In short, the HR Group is responsible for the business-related wellbeing (to a certain extent) of its 'customers' - the employees of the company. Since HR departments are primarily focused on maximizing employee productivity and protecting the company from any issues that may arise from the workforce, they are typically seen as an essential, if not critical, component of any business, regardless of the organization's size. HR Departments may also be resposible for payroll processing, however this task is often carried out within the Finance Department or outsourced to a third party.

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Org Charts

A typical Human Resources (HR) Department is composed of several common sub-functions, or teams, that work together to attract, screen, hire, manage and train employees (and ensure compliance while carrying out these activities). HR teams may also be tasked with the development and administration of benefits and compensation plans. Browse our HR organization chart page to learn about the roles and responsibilities of each major HR function. Then, download our org chart template (PDF, Visio, PPT) to plan and support HR improvement initiatives.

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Best Practices

Check out our human resources best practices page to view selected descriptions of work methods that have been proven to produce better results (as compared to other, similar methods). Want more? Download our Human Resources (HR) best practices guide, which provides a healthy selection of valuable best practices that can be incorporated to improve HR operations. There might not be only one "best" way to perform every task. However, there is always a "better" way.