HR for Non-HR Managers
PD-HR – B3
Number of Contact Hours
2 Credit Hour
Duration and Frequency
Mode of Delivery
Professional Development –
B – Human Resources
This course is designed to provide an overview of human resources (HR) topics for the non-HR manager. Topics include: the latest trends in the human resource field and the changing role of the human resource professional; how to write job specifications and identify core competencies; methods of finding, selecting, and keeping the best people using behavioural description interviewing techniques; how to get employees off to a good start; how to deal with compensation and benefits; how to maintain healthy employee relations; and how to make performance appraisals a cooperative process
On completion of this course, participants are expected to learn:
Defining Human Resources
To begin the course, we will discuss just what “human resources” means. We will also complete a case study that highlights some of the challenges that an HR professional faces.
During this session, we will look at what a skills inventory is and what its benefits are.
Human resource forecasts are attempts to predict an organization’s future demand for employees. We will look at two main types of forecasting: indexing and extrapolation.
A job analysis will ensure that the job description accurately reflects the tasks that the job entails. We will discuss what a job analysis is and what formats can be used. Participants will have the opportunity to complete a basic job analysis.
This session will discuss how to identify technical and performance skills needed to do a job.
Position Profiles and Job Descriptions
During this session, we will explore what a job description is through a lecture and an exercise.
Do You Really Need to Hire?
If you need to fill a position, there may be other ways of filling it rather than hiring externally. This session will examine some of those possibilities. Participants will also complete an exercise to demonstrate how much hiring a new employee really costs.
We will look at eight ways to recruit candidates during this session.
During this session, we will look at some things to consider when writing a job ad.
A resume screening guide can be a valuable tool when hiring. This session will discuss how to develop and use such a guide.
Preparing for the Interview
Preparation is key to a successful interview. We will look at a preparation checklist and then participants will role play an interview.
Conducting the Interview
This session will look at some key interviewing ideas, including the history of interviewing, criteria for objective interviews, behavioral interviewing techniques, and critical incidents.
After the Interview
During this session, we will look at what participants should do after the interview. Special attention will be paid to methods of rating candidates.
A good orientation is key to an employee’s success. Participants will rate their company’s organization. We will also discuss common problems and some possible solutions.
At some point in the life of almost every human resource professional, they will need to develop a training program. During this session, we will look at the training cycle. Participants will also explore the advantages and disadvantages of internal and external training.
Working with External Providers
During this session we will look at some criteria you should use when choosing an external person to provide services to your company.
Performance reviews are a crucial part of helping an employee grow. During this session, we will explore the performance review process through individual exercises, a case study, and two lectures.
Absenteeism costs companies more money every year. Through a lecture and a case study, we will look at common causes and solutions.
This session will look at common diversity issues through group work and a lecture.
The privacy of personal information is becoming a bigger and bigger concern with the advent of technology. During this session, we will discuss the 10 principles of personal information protection.
Compensation and Benefits
During this session, we will discuss the role of compensation and benefits in retaining employees. We will also review the pre-assignment.
This session will look at a four step disciplinary system that can be applied to any situation.
Firing an employee is hard to do. Through discussion and a case study, we will look at some things to consider and some ways to make the process a bit easier.
Exit interviews can be a great tool to help your company grow. We will discuss types of exit interviews and we will look at a sample.
Managing Human Resources, 8th Edition
Luis R. Gomez-Mejia, University of Notre Dame
David B. Balkin, University of Colorado at Boulder
Robert L. Cardy, The University of Texas at San Antonio
Feedback Given to Participants in Response to Assessed Work
Developmental Feedback Generated Through Teaching Activities
The course grade will be based on a final project presented by the participant and graded by the instructor. Participants much achieve a passing grade of 70% or more to be awarded a certificate of completion of the course.