Online Class: Human Resources Management 101

This online course in basic human resource management covers not only how to get the job done, but also how to get it done with good people working collectively and cooperatively toward a common goal.

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Course Description

The Comprehensive Guide to Human Resource Management: From Principles to Practice

In today's multifaceted professional landscape, thriving in human resources (HR) demands more than a flair for interpersonal interactions. While being an amiable leader is beneficial, mastering the evolving policies, regulations, and organizational intricacies is indispensable. In essence, the art of HR management involves harmoniously blending the administrative rigors with a profound understanding of human dynamics.

As the corporate realm has evolved, so have the pathways leading professionals into HR roles. Many individuals transition into HR after a stellar management career. Their journey from ground-level roles to leadership positions offers them a unique understanding of organizational intricacies. For instance, a manager who has risen through ranks knows the challenges faced at every tier, making them adept at nurturing a diverse team, from enthusiastic fresh graduates to seasoned professionals with decades of experience. Such managers possess an innate ability to foster synergy, boost productivity, and create opportunities that cater to varied employee needs.

Conversely, some individuals are drawn to HR by passion. These are the empathetic souls who view HR not just as a function, but as the heart of an organization. They perceive HR as the hub that ensures a company's human capital—its most valuable asset—is nurtured, developed, and positioned to thrive.

Regardless of one's route to HR, the overarching principles remain constant: the objective is not just to achieve organizational goals, but to do so with a cohesive team that collaborates effectively, guided by well-defined policies.

Course Overview

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to HR Management - Begin with a bird's-eye view of HR's evolving role and its significance in today's businesses.

  • Lesson 2: History of Human Resources - Trace the development of HR practices over the years, understanding shifts in priorities and approaches.

  • Lesson 3: Finding and Hiring the Best - Delve into the techniques and strategies to identify and onboard talent that aligns with a company's vision and ethos.

  • Lesson 4: Compensation and Benefits - Explore how to design compensation packages that attract and retain top talent while aligning with fiscal prudence.

  • Lesson 5: Staying Within Compliance and Creating a Safe Workplace - Understand the intricate web of regulations that govern workplaces and learn how to cultivate an environment that prioritizes employee safety.

  • Lesson 6: Training, Employee Recognition, and Discipline - Grasp the nuances of developing employees, recognizing their achievements, and, when necessary, implementing disciplinary measures.

  • Lesson 7: Professional Development - Learn to create pathways for employee growth, ensuring they remain motivated and engaged.

  • Lesson 8: Calling It Quits - Navigate the complexities of professional departures, from retirements to layoffs.

  • Lesson 9: How to Prevent/Respond to Sexual Harassment - Develop protocols to ensure workplaces are free from harassment and understand how to address any violations comprehensively.

  • Lesson 10: How to Provide Constructive Feedback to an Employee - Master the art of delivering feedback that fosters growth and development.

  • Lesson 11: How to Prevent and Respond to Workplace Conflict - Equip yourself with strategies to mitigate conflicts and ensure a harmonious work environment.

  • Lesson 12: How to Recruit, Interview, and Select Employees - Refine your recruitment strategies to ensure your hires align with organizational needs.

  • Lesson 13: How to Measure Employee Productivity - Unravel methods to assess productivity, ensuring that teams remain aligned with organizational goals.

  • Lesson 14: Employee Rights in the Workforce - Understand the rights and protections afforded to employees and the organization's obligations.

  • Lesson 15: How to Terminate an Employee - Navigate the sensitive process of employee termination, balancing empathy with organizational needs.

  • Lesson 16: How to Motivate Employees - Discover techniques to inspire and invigorate teams, driving them towards peak performance.

Why This Course?

This comprehensive course offers a deep dive into the intricacies of HR management, merging theoretical foundations with practical insights. It is meticulously crafted for those desiring to excel in HR, ensuring they are equipped to handle both day-to-day challenges and long-term strategic planning. Whether you're an experienced manager transitioning into HR or someone driven by a passion for people-centric roles, this course offers invaluable insights and tools to help you shine. Join us, and redefine your HR expertise in a rapidly evolving corporate landscape.

Course Motivation

HR Management: HRM versus HRD (Development)
Over the years, the definition of human resource management has evolved and changed to the point where now there are two distinct categories – Human Resource Management (HRM) and Human Resource Development (HRD). Some people distinguish HRM as the activities that make up human resources, whereas HRD is an actual profession. Many believe that the management parts of human resources actually "live," or are a subset of the development profession, and that HRD includes a range of activities that help develop staff and promote professional growth from within an organization or company.
Traditionally though, management functions include those human activities that most are familiar with: deciding what staff you need, recruiting, hiring and training employees, monitoring and managing their performance, and also determining benefits and compensation guidelines, as well as complying with state and federal laws.
HR Management in Today's Workplace
Human Resource Management today is much different in that today's jobs don't just require a pair of hands. Managers and employers must dig deep to realize that while a potential employee may possess a particular skill set for a certain job or role within a company, the prospect may also have other skills that could be developed and utilized to create a professional who is an asset to the company long term.

And, while it's the role of the HR department to hire the best people to help the business succeed, HR managers must also realize that today's worker is also particular about the environment his future employer can provide. Topics like benefits, including health, dental, disability, life, and 401K and retirement plans, are considered "standard" for most people looking for the perfect job. Things like flex time, paid time off and other perks also set the stage for creating an atmosphere where employees can perform at their best.

Despite changing times and shifting economies, the same standard principles still apply – one must be able to recruit, hire, and train the best people – and then provide those new employees with an environment for them to grow and succeed.
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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: Introduction to HR Management

A. HR Management: HRM versus HRD (Development) B. HR Management: HRM in Today's Workplace 4 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Human Resource Management In a Company; Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: Why this Course?
  • Assessment: Quiz for Module I - Introduction to Human Resource Management

Lesson 2: History of Human Resources

A. Overview of the Labor Department B. Unions C. The Personnel Department D. Human Resource Movement 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz for Module II - History of Human Resources

Lesson 3: Finding and Hiring the Best

A. Where to Find the Right People B. Posting a Truthful Job Description C. Important Laws to Remember D. Reviewing a Resume and the Application Form E. Thought-provoking Interview Questions & What NOT to Say F. You're Hired 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz for Module III - Finding and Hiring the best “Human” for the job

Lesson 4: Compensation and Benefits

A. Determining Pay Rates for Positions B. Hourly, Salary, and Incentive-Based Pay C. If Money Doesn't Motivate D. Time Off E. Health, Dental, and Life Insurance F. Retirement Plans G. Other Perks Additional lesson topics: EAP 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz for Module IV - Compensation and Benefits

Lesson 5: Staying Within Compliance and Creating a Safe Workplace

A. Employee Policies and Records B. Laws, Topics, and Issues C. Ethics D. Basic OSHA Standards E. Creating a Safe and Healthy Work Environment F. Alcohol, Drugs, and EAP G. HIV/AIDS in the Workplace H. Sexual Harassment 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz for Module V - Staying within compliance & creating a safe workplace

Lesson 6: Training, Employee Recognition, and Discipline

A. Employee Orientation B. Personal, Management, and Leadership Development C. Training Tools D. Motivating and Recognizing Staff Members E. Performance Assessments and Reviews F. Taking Disciplinary Action 7 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Retaining Employees
  • Assessment: Quiz for Module VI - Training, Employee recognition and discipline

Lesson 7: Professional Development

A. Training and Development Activities B. Individual Career Development Plan C. Management Trainee Programs 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz for Module VII - Professional development

Lesson 8: Calling It Quits

A. Legal Termination B. When An Employee Quits C. Cuts and Layoffs 7 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz for Module VIII - Calling it quits

Lesson 9: How to Prevent/Respond to Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment has been defined in both legal and psychological terms. In legal terms, it has been defined as a form of sex discrimination that consists of unwelcome verbal or physical conduct directed toward someone on the basis of their sex. 45 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Assessment: HR Skills: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: How to Provide Constructive Feedback to an Employee

In general, feedback will begin with effective communication. There are many benefits to communicating with employees, including the reduced risk of miscommunication or faulty assumptions made by either party. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Assessment: HR Skills: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: How to Prevent and Respond to Workplace Conflict

It is common knowledge that conflict emerges quite often in the workplace. This comes as no surprise, considering that even in the smallest of work settings, employees and managers, alike, often have a multitude of differing interests, beliefs, values, and practices, and are interacting with one another with different levels of resources available to them. 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Assessment: HR Skills: Lesson 11 Exam

Lesson 12: How to Recruit, Interview, and Select Employees

Great organizations are built through the efforts of great people. The cumulative attitudes and efforts of employees ultimately determine the culture, profitability, growth and sustainability of the business. In order for a business to hire and retain great people, there must be an effective recruitment and selection process in place. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Assessment: HR Skills: Lesson 12 Exam

Lesson 13: How to Measure Employee Productivity

No matter what kind of products or services your business offers, it's important to measure employee productivity, and to measure it as accurately as possible. 45 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Assessment: HR Skills: Lesson 13 Exam

Lesson 14: Employee Rights in the Workforce

As an American worker, you have civil rights protected by various programs in the U.S. government. Knowing these rights is important to protecting your livelihood and well-being. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Assessment: HR Skills: Lesson 14 Exam

Lesson 15: How to Terminate an Employee

One of the most difficult aspects of a manager's job is terminating an employee. Whether the reason for termination is business-related, performance-related, or for other reasons, terminating an employee is a serious measure and should be done in the most professional, ethical manner possible. 25 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Assessment: HR Skills: Lesson 15 Exam

Lesson 16: How to Motivate Employees

If you're a business owner, manager or supervisor, you know how important it is to have workers who are highly motivated. Research has shown that motivated employees tend to be far more productive, better skilled, and willing to learn new skills than unmotivated workers. 51 Total Points
  • Lesson 16 Video
  • Lesson discussions: About This Course; Let us know what you think of this course; Course Comments; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
  • Assessment: HR Skills: Lesson 16 Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define what Human Resources Management is.
  • Describe the history of Human Resources.
  • Describe the practices to find and hire the best employees.
  • Describe compensation and benefits.
  • Describe how to stay in compliance and methods to create a safe workplace.
  • Describe training, employee recognition and discipline policies and procedures.
  • Summarize professional development requirements and policies.
  • Describe termination and resignation procedures.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Human Resources Management 101
Course Number: 7550050
Lessons Rating: 4.4 / 5 Stars (3,394 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: January 2024
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.8 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Linda Zavadil
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "Loved it! I've been doing this job for 10 years and this course just structured my knowledge and helped me a lot." -- Alma G.
  • "I really liked the course, and found it very helpful to refresh most of my HR knowledge and to add more information about some topics that I didn't know as much about before. I also liked that there were additional resources for my own review outside of the class." -- Lisbeth V.
  • "This course was really great! I enjoyed learning some new information, the ease of comprehending the reading material, as well as the fast assignment and test grading." -- Leigh-ann N.
  • "This course was extremely helpful for someone getting into the HR side of a business / organization, as I am. I was able to successfully build the Human Resources Department from scratch within my organization through the information that was provided." -- Lanette F.
  • "This course was extremely helpful as I am able to apply all the new skills to my current job. Being in a supervisory role, I was able to gain insights from this lesson. Definitely would recommend others, especially with handling disciplinary actions. Thank you." -- Glen P.
  • "This is an excellent and well written course. This course should be a requirement for all new supervisors and HR Personnel. Thank You for this course!" -- Brent M.
  • "This class was EXCELLENT! I greatly appreciate the lessons I learned while completing this course. And I'm confident that these lessons will forever be beneficial to my knowledge of business. Thank you!" -- Jonathan W.
  • "Great course. I loved the way it is designed, delivered. I learned a lot. The most important part is that I enjoy every bit of the sessions." -- Robin D.
  • "This is one of the best courses that I have taken regarding human resources management. It gave a lot of insightful information that other similar courses have missed." -- Tyra W.
  • "This course was very sufficient in the knowledge of HR. It provided good information about Leadership Programs and Employee Growth, Professional Development, Calling it Quits and Motivation. The information was amazing, as it prepared me to remember rules, policies, and procedures." -- Eldeania S.
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