What are the key responsibilities of HR?

What are the HR Responsibilities? | Merit HR

What is the key responsibility of HR?

The key responsibility of HR is to ensure that the organization meets its business objectives by recruiting, managing, and retaining talent. In addition to this core function, HR is also involved in employee relations and development, employee compensation & benefits & employee policies.

Strategic Partner

The role of HR is to be a strategic partner to the business. This means that they should help the business achieve its objectives and goals, as well as its vision and mission.

For this to happen, it’s important for HR professionals to understand their own roles within an organization:

  • Understand what value you bring
  • Understand how you can add value

Internal Consultant

HR is a trusted advisor to the business, helping with strategy and planning. They can help you improve processes, manage talent, and oversee change management.

HR will also help with organizational development (OD). OD is about recruiting, developing, and retaining high-performing people in your organization.

Change Agent

The change agent is the person who drives change in an organization. HR is the change agent for your organization, and it should be able to identify the need for change and communicate it to management. This can be done by taking an in-depth look at your current processes and procedures, as well as conducting research on what other organizations have done with similar issues.

Employee Advocate

The employee advocate is a person who advocates for employees in their workplace. Employee advocates can help you with things such as:

  • Communicating with your supervisor on behalf of the workforce
  • Providing information to the company about how to improve working conditions and promote health and safety
  • Working with others to solve problems that arise at work

There are many responsibilities of HR personnel.

  • HR is responsible for the organization’s people.
  • HR is responsible for the organization’s culture, which includes all aspects of how people interact with each other, including their beliefs and practices regarding diversity, inclusion and sensitivity to others’ needs; as well as their attitudes towards work-life balance issues such as flexible working hours or work-life integration (e.g., telecommuting).
  • HR implements talent management strategies that ensure that employees are developed into future leaders and innovators who have high levels of job satisfaction in order to optimize performance at work and reduce turnover rates within an established culture where job security exists at all levels within an organization


HR is a crucial role that requires many different skills and backgrounds. The most important thing for any company is to have someone who takes care of its employees and ensures they’re happy. To do this effectively, HR personnel need not only technical know-how but also empathy and teamwork skills.

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