Do you agree with the statement that “Every manager is an HR manager?”

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I would not agree that every manager is a human resources (HR) manager and nothing else, but I would argue that HR management is a part of every manager’s job.

HR management can be defined as the process of recruiting, selecting, training, evaluating, and rewarding employees.  Its goal, as the link below tells us, is to “maximize the productivity of an organization by optimizing the effectiveness of its employees.”  When we keep this definition in mind, it should be clear that every manager’s job does involve acting as an HR manager.

Of course, not every manager is involved in recruiting and selecting employees.  To this extent, it would not be right to call every manager an HR manager. However, the rest of the definition of HR management does apply to every manager.

For example, managers are clearly involved in training their employees.  Once an employee is assigned to them, they will be training that employee on a daily basis, even if they do not formally do so.  As they do this, they will evaluate the employees.  It will be their evaluations that help to determine whether the employee will be retained or promoted.  In general, each manager is clearly trying to improve the effectiveness of their employees by supervising them, correcting them, advising them and motivating them.  

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