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Are you detail-oriented? In human resources, when you are managing areas such as payroll, benefits, discipline, compliance, and workplace safety, there is very little room for error. Human resources professionals need to be accurate, timely, and have a good memory.
Can you remain objective? As a human resources professional, it can be difficult at times to remain objective to the employee's needs and the company's needs. However, it's crucial that both needs are in balance and that you remain impartial.
Are you respectful and tactful? There are many great aspects of human resources, but there are some responsibilities that can be difficult, such as handling layoffs, discipline, or conflict. A good human resource employee must be sure these issues are handled diplomatically, tactfully, and respectfully.
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