Today is International HR Manager Day. This day serves as a perfect reminder that HR is not just the personnel department; it is a strategically important function upon which the success and prosperity of a company depend. It is also a great opportunity to discuss how this profession is perceived among colleagues and leaders. On this professional holiday, I would like to share my thoughts on the importance of HR and some common misconceptions about it.

The Importance of HR in a Company

Leaders who understand that a company’s success is impossible without its people, and that managing people is the task of HR, recognize that the HR manager is a key employee. An HR manager can solve numerous problems and significantly contribute to a company’s success. HR helps the company not only to find talents but also to develop them, which directly affects productivity and financial performance.

Misconceptions About the Ease of the Profession

However, HR work is often seen as easy and straightforward. In reality, it is one of the most complex professions. A poor approach in HR can harm even a successful company, whereas a strong HR specialist can significantly improve its performance. Yet, experienced managers of the old school often believe that there is nothing difficult or important in HR.

Long-Term Results and Underestimation of HR

Changes implemented by HR rarely yield immediate results. According to statistics, the outcomes of HR work become evident in about 2-3 years. This means that many HR activities may seem pointless and unnecessary at first glance. It is often heard: “Your new methods and processes are just getting in the way of our work!” But this is far from the truth.

The Multifaceted Nature of HR Work

The work of an HR specialist encompasses numerous aspects, such as:

📌 Recruitment
📌 Employee Relations
📌 Leadership Coaching
📌 Compensation and Benefits
📌 Performance Management
📌 Organizational Development
📌 Employee Engagement
📌 Training and Development
📌 Change Management
📌 Conflict Resolution
📌 Labor Legislation

Each of these areas requires deep knowledge and skills, making HR work so multifaceted and complex.

The Importance of Empathy and Business Understanding

Besides professional knowledge, HR must possess strong empathy and a good understanding of people, as well as an understanding of how a business operates. This combination of skills makes the HR manager a unique specialist you can rely on.

Before giving advice to an HR specialist, think: would you advise an architect on how to design a building, or a doctor on how to treat patients? HR is a profession that requires experience and continuous learning. Trust HR professionals to do their job, and they will support and strengthen your business.

Celebrating Our Professional Holiday Today, on International HR Manager Day, I congratulate all my colleagues on our professional holiday! I wish you strength and success in our important and challenging work. Пусть ваш труд будет по достоинству оценен, а результаты работы приносят радость и удовлетворение!