Max Johnson is a HR director for a large software development company based in Boston; he provides a guide to a typical day in his job.

My work is nothing if not varied and today is going to be no exception judging by my schedule: a management meeting to kick off, a session to plan a recruitment schedule, an onboarding session with a new starter and a meeting with a member of staff returning to work after a lengthy absence. I also need to check with our chief payroll officer how things are with our new accounting software. We outgrew the previous package and this new one offers far more capability including the印刷安全和防篡改检查

Being organized

Having watched the Red Sox win last night and got up early enough to have a quick run I feel quite energized as I take the lift to the HR department on the fifth floor. I check a few emails and review my schedule before grabbing a coffee and heading for the management meeting scheduled for 9.30am.

HR working with management

In my time in HR there’s been a definite change in culture in that HR is becoming more of an integral part of managing an organization: it needs to understand the overall organization’s strategy and objectives so as tohelp achieve them through hiring, training and maintaining the right personnel。现在,高级工作人员参与管理政策和决策,有时是主板上的人力资源主任。这个特殊的会议与自己在一起,我们的人力资源主任谢丽尔是一个高级项目经理的老板和路易斯。这是根据进一步沿着线的一些关键项目讨论可能的人员需求。我们必须提前提升足够的时间来确定我们需要的技能,并通过要求这些技能开始的时间项目来实现这一计划。虽然超级了一下,这是一个富有成效的会话。


接下来,我与一些招聘专家交谈有关我们想要填写的职位:技术领域需要具体的技能,其中一些是短缺的,因此我们与许多其他人竞争最高人才。I make a diary note to send job specs to the recruitment agencies I’ve just spoken to by the end of the week and draw up a rough schedule for when ads will run, and when interviews should take place based on my agreed objective with management for filling the positions. A tummy rumble tells me it’s time for lunch: where did the morning go? I like to have a break of some sort – at least a short while to disengage and get outside if the weather’s reasonable is good as opposed to grabbing a half-eaten sandwich at my desk.

New starter

After returning from lunch I field a few phone calls and reply to some emails before meeting our new recruit – a young man called Wes who is joining us as a web developer in his first full time post since graduating. I give him more background to the company as part of my usual PowerPoint presentation then run him through the general admin stuff and field his questions. He sounds keen and enthusiastic; a positive start.


Next I step into a small conference room to talk to Frank, a data analyst in his early forties who has recently started back after being signed off with stress by his doctor. It was stress caused through personal issues rather than work related. I try to find out from Frank how we may be able to help support him and reintegrate him to his work: we do have access totrained workplace counselors它是否应该成为必要的。

Check the software

Before finishing for the day I check in with Marlene, our payroll manager, to see how things are going with the new accounting and payroll package we’ve switched to, and she couldn’t be happier. A good decision then to change accounting software. On that positive note I power down my PC, lock my desk and head for the elevator.

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