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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- Beginner Specialization.
- No prior experience required.
Preparing to Manage Human ResourcesUpcoming session: May 28
- 4 weeks of study, 4 - 5 hours/week
- English, Korean, Vietnamese
About the CourseOne 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 fo
Recruiting, Hiring, and Onboarding EmployeesUpcoming session: Jun 4
- 4 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week
- English, Vietnamese, Korean
About the CourseFinding 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 componen
Managing Employee PerformanceUpcoming session: May 28
- English, Vietnamese, Korean
About the CourseOnce 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 em
Managing Employee CompensationUpcoming session: May 28
- 4 weeks of study, 2-4 hours/week
- English, Vietnamese
About the CourseHow 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
Human Resources Management Capstone: HR for People ManagersUpcoming session: Jul 16
- 7 weeks of study, 3-4 hours/week
- English, Italian
About the Capstone ProjectThis 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 perf
John W. Budd
Professor and Director
Director, Masters in Human Resources and Industrial Relations program
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