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Susan M. Heathfield

Do They Know What You Want?

By September 28, 2013

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In an earlier, popular piece about what Human Resources staff do, I highlighted the overall components of major HR roles. Then, at your request, I developed individual job descriptions for key HR roles.

Today's post features a sample Human Resources generalist job description. One of my readers commented that it is so long, as is the sample HR director and the HR manager job descriptions I wrote.

Here's why. I try to provide comprehensive samples for your use in your own company. But, I also have lots of readers who sincerely wonder what HR generalists, HR managers, or HR directors actually do. Consequently, the comprehensiveness serves two needs.

Pick and choose the parts you need for your own internal job descriptions. But, please remember that the number one reason why people don't do what you want them to do is that they don't know what you want them to do - for sure.

Or, they don't share meaning with you about your picture of what constitutes an acceptable and expected deliverable. Ferd Fournies has sixteen or seventeen more reasons why people don't do what you want them to do, but this one bears thinking about every day. I am a strong believer in the power of giving employees clear expectations.

Take a look at my additional information about job descriptions and employment samples.

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