Career OverviewA human resources generalist works with staff and managers to develop protocols and procedures with regards to staff management; prepare, evaluate and compile employee handbooks, present trainings on human resource issues, provide information on company policies, complete paperwork for new employees and keep records of staff evaluations and problems or concerns.
The human resources generalist may also help new employees enroll in insurance or health benefits programs, assist with retirement options and benefits, and help employees understand policies with the hospital or healthcare facility.
A human resources generalist must enjoy working with people on an ongoing basis. He or she is often seen as the liaison between management and staff, and may be required to help mediate or negotiate issues that are problematic between the two groups. The human resources generalist also helps current employees understand their rights and responsibilities within the company and may even help employees with understanding all aspects of career decisions, promotions or transfers.
A human resources generalist should have excellent communication skills and should have an above average understanding of relevant labor issues, company policies and management strategies. They should be able to work independently and should be able to used data entry and retrieval programs as well as keep records and personal files as required.
Many human resources generalists are bilingual or multilingual to be able to assist individuals from other countries or cultures that work within the hospital or healthcare facility.
Career RequirementsA human resources generalist in either a hospital or healthcare facility usually will be required to have at least a Bachelors level of education in business management, personnel management, labor relations or related field. Some human resources generalists may have a liberal arts background with languages as a minor.
Human resources generalists are usually required to attend various trainings on labor relations policies, legal issues, insurance related matters and other relevant topics. Those human resources generalists entering the field without previous experience will usually have these trainings required and will work under a more senior human resources generalist until they have completed the required coursework or seminars.
Job OutlookAccording to the United States Department of Labor the demand for trained and qualified human resources generalists will continue to increase until the year 2014. This increase in demand will largely occur because of new hospital or healthcare facility openings, retirement of current employees and increasing regulation of employement practices.
Career TrackHuman resources generalists with seniority may have the option to move into management positions within the human resources department. Those human resources generalists with a Master’s degree may be eligible for other management jobs within the hospital, particularly if they have business or management experience or some clinical or other medical background.
CompensationMost human resources generalists will earn a salary of between $49,000 and $89,000 per year, with the higher salaries being earned by those with advanced education or additional work experience. Human resources generalists in private sector hospitals or healthcare facilities can earn in excess of $100,000 however these individuals represent only the top 10% of the industry.