Human Resource Management: HR for People Managers Specialization

Started May 29

Human Resource Management: HR for People Managers Specialization

Become a better manager of people

Develop strategies and skills for hiring, managing performance, and rewarding employees.

About This Specialization

Do you have people reporting to you that need managing? Or perhaps you want to consider a career in human resources? Or freshen up your HR knowledge? This specialization provides a robust introduction to the key principles, policies, and practices of human resource management. The specialization begins with a foundational course that considers alternative approaches to managing human resources, provides a background to the U.S. legal context in which employees are hired, fired, rewarded, and managed, and outlines the different reasons that people are motivated to work. The remaining three courses tackle three core areas that all managers should understand: hiring employees, evaluating their performance, and rewarding them. Throughout the courses, an accessible, scientific approach is embraced such that best practices and practical tips are informed by research, but presented in accessible, applied ways. Upon completing the specialization, learners will have a deeper understanding of what works in the workplace, including a toolkit of best practices for hiring, managing, and rewarding employees. The specialization will be valuable for managers and entrepreneurs taking on these responsibilities as well as anyone else interested in the fundamental principles of human resource management. The Capstone Project will provide an opportunity to apply this knowledge to a real situation, including your own organization or work unit if desired.

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courses
5 courses

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projects
Projects

Designed to help you practice and apply the skills you learn.

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Certificates

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Courses
Beginner Specialization.
No prior experience required.
  1. COURSE 1

    Preparing to Manage Human Resources

    Current session: May 29 — Jul 3.
    Commitment
    4 weeks of study, 4 - 5 hours/week
    Subtitles
    English, Vietnamese

    About the Course

    One way or another, all employees are managed. But approaches to managing employees varying from employee-to-employee, job-to-job, manager-to-manager, organization-to-organization, and country-to-country. This course provides a foundation for developing your own approach to skillfully managing employees by illustrating alternative human resource management (HRM) strategies, introducing the importance of the legal context, and thinking about what motivates employees. This will then give you the factual and conceptual basis for developing specific, critical HRM skills in subsequent courses on hiring employees, managing performance, and rewarding employees. Don't know anything about HRM? That's OK! Leave this course with a new-found understanding of the range of options available for managing employees, a grasp of what makes workers tick, and the readiness to develop your own HRM skills.
  2. COURSE 2

    Recruiting, Hiring, and Onboarding Employees

    Upcoming session: Jun 5 — Jul 10.
    Commitment
    4 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week
    Subtitles
    English, Vietnamese

    About the Course

    Finding and hiring the right people is often cited as the number one concern of businesses today. It seems we are all competing for the best and brightest workers. As you will see in our time together in the second course, a critical component of the People Manager Value Proposition is to hire talented people who enable the organization to achieve its strategic goals. This course is an introduction into the topic of recruitment, selection and onboarding. At the outset of the course we will explore the importance of linking recruitment goals with overall company strategy. We then look at a number of options to recruit and select employees both effectively and legally. Throughout the course we will examine current issues in talent acquisition, such as how companies are now leveraging social media and hiring analytics to ensure better quality hires. At the conclusion of the course, we look at how to onboard employees to promote employee commitment and engagement.
  3. COURSE 3

    Managing Employee Performance

    Current session: May 29 — Jul 3.
    Commitment
    4 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week
    Subtitles
    English

    About the Course

    Once you have hired good employees, the next step that successful people managers take is to develop the full potential of their employees. Performance management is a process that helps managers achieve the goal of getting the best from their employees. In this third course in the Human Resources for People Managers specialization, we will discuss the skills and key processes you will need to develop your employees to attain department and organizational goals. These skills will include setting clear expectations, providing positive and corrective feedback, and delivering an effective performance appraisal.
  4. COURSE 4

    Managing Employee Compensation

    Current session: May 29 — Jul 3.
    Commitment
    4 weeks of study, 2-4 hours/week
    Subtitles
    English

    About the Course

    How do I pay employees? And how do I get paid? This course covers how to pay employees. We begin by asking: "What kind of a person do I need to attract, retain, and motivate for my business to succeed?" From here, we'll explain how to translate that pay strategy into the pay mix: the salary structure, short-term incentives, long-term incentives, and benefits that are aligned to your business objectives. Interested in learning more about the technical aspects of compensation, but don't know where to begin? We'll give an overview of key the key technical skills: compliance with pay regulations, understanding stock options, shopping for health insurance and pension providers, and designing incentive plans. Lastly, we'll discuss non-monetary methods of motivating employees. If you're interested in learning how to pay employees, or learning where your paycheck comes from, this course is for you!
  5. COURSE 5

    Human Resources Management Capstone: HR for People Managers

    Upcoming session: Aug 14 — Oct 9.
    Commitment
    7 weeks of study, 3-4 hours/week
    Subtitles
    English, Italian

    About the Capstone Project

    This specialization provides a robust introduction to the key principles, policies, and practices of human resource management, with a focus on understanding managerial choices and constraints, acquiring and onboarding talent, managing employee performance, and rewarding employees. The capstone project provides learners with the opportunity to apply these key principles and practices to a real-world workplace (including a learner's own workplace if desired). Specifically, the capstone project will involve identifying the key human resources challenges for a workplace--including the most pressing motivational, selection, performance evaluation, and reward issues. And for each of these areas, learners will devise a multi-step action plan for addressing the challenges identified.

Creators

  • University of Minnesota

    The Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota has been an international leader in human resources education and research since 1945, and offers one of the world’s very best Master's programs in human resources and industrial relations.

    The University of Minnesota is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

  • John W. Budd

    John W. Budd

    Professor and Director
  • Alan Benson

    Alan Benson

    Assistant Professor
  • Larry Bourgerie

    Larry Bourgerie

    Senior Lecturer
  • Stacy Doepner-Hove

    Stacy Doepner-Hove

    Director, Masters in Human Resources and Industrial Relations program
  • Mike Davis

    Mike Davis

    Senior Lecturer
  • Amy Falink

    Amy Falink

    Senior Lecturer

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