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Cleveland State University - West Center 
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Westlake, OH 44145

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SHRM Essentials-Fall 2012 

The Essentials of Human Resource Management, offered in conjunction with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), is a true introduction to human resource management. The primary focus of this program is to provide participants with a broad overview of the human resource function. It consists of six modules to be offered over 14 hours. The course includes readings, lectures, class discussions, and application activities. The discussions will help students make connections between the readings and the lectures, while the application activities assist in applying new concepts to their workplace.

Who Should Attend

The course is specifically designed for employees with management responsibilities:

  • Entry-level human resource professionals
  • Supervisors and line managers who have the responsibility for interviewing and training employees
  • Staffing specialists
  • Benefits coordinators
  • Human resource administrators
  • Recruiters
  • Payroll assistants

Program Topics

Module 1: Essentials of Human Resource Management
This module answers the question, “What is human resource management?” It explains the key HR roles and responsibilities and details the planning process that is at the center of HR efforts.

Module 2: Employment Law in Your Workplace
Being cognizant of legal issues and ensuring compliance throughout the organization is a significant responsibility. This module explains the key pieces of legislation with which an organization must comply.

Module 3: Effective Recruitment and Selection Techniques
Staffing an organization with qualified employees who can assist it in meeting its strategic goals and objectives is important to every manager in an organization. This module examines several important aspects of staffing and focuses on how to make the best match between the job and the person.

Module 4: Basics of Compensation
This module discusses key aspects of a total compensation system, maps out the process for developing pay structures, and describes the common types of pay increases.

Module 5: Orienting and Training Your Employees
This module discusses the purpose of employee orientation, training and development. It provides a perspective on how adults learn while considering several methods of training and gives you insight into determining whether training is successful.

Module 6: Ensuring Quality Performance
Performance management encompasses processes used to identify, encourage, measure, evaluate, improve, and reward employee performance. Performance appraisal is the focus of this module. The module discusses the purpose of performance appraisals and maps out the appraisal process. It introduces you to various appraisal methods and lays out the steps to follow when disciplinary action becomes necessary.

Successful completion of this course requires attendance of both sessions-November 27, 2012 and December 4, 2012.