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University of Minnesota

Preparing to Manage Human Resources

University of Minnesota via Coursera

Overview

One 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 foundation for developing your own approach to skillfully managing employees by illustrating alternative human resource management (HRM) strategies, introducing the importance of the legal context, and thinking about what motivates employees. This will then give you the factual and conceptual basis for developing specific, critical HRM skills in subsequent courses on hiring employees, managing performance, and rewarding employees. Don't know anything about HRM? That's OK! Leave this course with a new-found understanding of the range of options available for managing employees, a grasp of what makes workers tick, and the readiness to develop your own HRM skills.

Syllabus

  • Alternative Approaches to Managing Human Resources
    • Welcome to the first week of this course! This section starts with an introduction to the course, and then we'll spend two lessons looking at alternative ways of managing human resources. After completing this module, you will be able to… • Explain why managing people is important. • Compare strategies for managing human resources. • Evaluate the fit between an organization’s HR strategy, a manager’s style(s), and the business environment. • Recommend strategies and styles for managing people in a particular situation.
  • What Makes Employees Work? Money, Of Course!
    • Welcome to the second module of this course! We'll be focusing on the monetary reasons for working, and the lessons for managers that result. After completing this module, you will be able to… • Explain how money can motivate some workers. • Identify key managerial concerns if workers are self-interested and view work economically. • Develop strategies for addressing these key concerns using insights from economics.
  • What Makes Employees Work Revisited...Non-Monetary Motivations
    • Welcome to the third module of this course! We'll be focusing on the non-monetary reasons for working, and the lessons for managers that result. After completing this module, you will be able to… • Explain at least four different reasons that people work not related to money. • Identify key managerial concerns when workers work for different non-monetary reasons.• Develop strategies for addressing these key concerns using insights from psychology and sociology. • Justify the (in)application of insights from economics, psychology, and sociology in different situations.
  • The People Manager as Part of a Complex System
    • Welcome to the fourth and final module of this course! In this section, we'll finish laying a foundation for managing human resources by looking at the constraints faced by managers, especially the legal environment. After completing this module, you will be able to… • Explain at least four constraints that influence how human resources are managed in a particular organization. • Compare the ways in which the law does and does not see employment as a typical contractual relationship. • Create a list of legal and illegal HRM practices in your country. • Judge when to use strategies for managing people that go beyond what the law requires.

Taught by

John W. Budd

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4.9 rating, based on 126 reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course wasn't as good as the first one in the HR specialization, Preparing to Manage Human Resources. The quality of the videos was poor, with the introductions being almost impossible to hear and then the following fragment very loud. The videos...
  • Anonymous
    I'm happy to share with you the review on this course (preparing to manage human resources), as graduate from bachelor of human resource management, I've seen that this course covers almost everything related to human resource management. and all the lecturers of this course has amazing experience, they make you clearly understand the course.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Dear Professor Budd, thank you very much for this excellent course indeed. It will help me to fresh up my 19 years of HRM education and experience in my 35 Netherlands Army career and find an HRM job now that I am retired from the Army. That is why...
  • This course has taught how to be a modern Human Resource Manager/Leader that understands the importance of being part of Business to be able to design HR Strategy that enables achievement of organizational objectives and needs and line with values.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Well I must say that this has been the best course I’ve ever been part of. Professor Budd is a great instructor and provides clear and concise content, no traces of ambiguity thus its easily understandable. The course offers a broad range of knowledge that one can really put to use when caught up in an organisational type of situation that needs solutions and and good execution strategies. The course content ranges from how to be a good people’s manager, Alternative managerial styles, HR strategies, labor laws and unions, insights on why people how to effectively manage and retain those employees to say the least. All in all, it’s a great Course and learning platform and I highly recommend it. Good luck!
  • Anonymous
    Great course with loaded modules!

    This course has equipped me with all necessarily tools needed in managing human resource; hiring, onboarding, knowing which employee to retain, how to motivate, train and drive effectiveness amongst employees etc...
  • The course was very good and knowledgeable. It was also developed with quite an effort in the animation and content parts. The course instructor, Professor John Budd, is really good at instructing and his lectures are not at all monotonous and only theory based. Instead it included examples from practical world, report analysis of cases and informational blogs written by him. I would definitely recommend this course to someone who wants to start a career in HR or wants to go over the basics once more.
  • Anonymous
    This course is very informative and detailed and touches on the important aspects of management. It includes the opinions of professionals therefore it gives students a feel of how the topics described in the course happen in real life. The discussions and peer graded assignments are also a wonderful feature that ensure that you understand what you learn in this course. Overall this course was delivered well and I would recommend it to other students like me who are looking to become good managers.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I started to work as an Office Manager & HR Assistant in 2019, more than 1 year ago. But as I didn't have background on it (I took Tourism and the whole professional experience was around it), I thought that maybe this was the reason I couldn't find another...
  • Anonymous
    Taking this course took me to another lever as a Human Resource Officer. the material used was simple and to the point. it reminded me that when bringing staff on board. i first have to treat them as fellow colleagues with human hear. being new to an organization affects each and everyone both the new staff and the old colleagues. we need to be more candid with each other.

    Great course. I would sign up for more.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This was amazing and I was able to learn a lot. From what I’ve learnt I believe have laid a good foundation on how to be a good manager. Also looking at Human Resource Management showed me how important the work of the HR manager is to the organization. I also learnt different managerial styles. What managers can and cannot do. Also how to tray the employees. I’m happy to say this course gave me the right skill to be a manager.
  • Anonymous
    Thank you professor Budd. this course has been a really eye opener for me as I’m about to start my career in Human Resources. Have learn to much in this that I can ever imagined, I love the fact you usually use real life example which makes it more easier to comprehend. Also the cartoons image are too notch, always makes me wanna watch again and again, as they give better understanding to what you teaching. Great work
  • Anonymous
    Dear professor John Budd,

    Thank you so much for such a valuable information you shared through this course. It provided me a helpful insight for what I need to consider when managing Human Resources. The approach of Economics, Sociology and Psychology in the HRM field, how Human Resources should be strategic and energizing, etc were very important o learn.
  • Anonymous
    Wow, I've really enjoyed this course. I thought not having any knowledge about HR initially will pose a threat to assimilating this course, but No, Prof John Budd has actually helped build a very strong foundation. I highly recommend this course
  • Nina Shanshieva is taking this course right now.

    Thank Dr. Budd for this course! It is really interesting and very helpful. It help me to improve my knowledge. I try to keep my HR knowledge up to date and that course is that I was liking for. It contain not only lecture, it have a task/homework. You can think about you, your job, work with people grime other countries. I recommend this course to anyone!
  • Anonymous
    HI, THIS IS SAQUIB KHAN , A STUDENT OF SHOOLINI UNIVERSITY, SOLAN ,INDIA , PERSUING THE MASTERS DEGREE IN HRM, I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE A GOOD NEWS THAT THIS PLATFORM PROVIDES WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR, IT BRIDGES A GAP BETWEEN WHERE U WANT TO SEE YOUR SELF...
  • Anonymous
    I learnt a lot of new things in this course that i would have taken for granted If i had not taken this step to higher learning. Looking forward to taking the other courses to assist me on this journey of growth and development.
  • Anonymous
    finally i have finished this course. I am happy with the delivery. I'm glad I got to know the info coursera and training courses here. The instructors are all from the expert field so of course I can get a lot of knowledge about HRM, thank you very much, how do I get the certificate?
  • Anonymous
    This course opened my eyes to HR and HR strategies.I was actually thinking of switching career to HR but was confused.But now, I can say ,I am satisfied and I have confidence in changing careers.Thank you Budd.
  • Anonymous
    I have finished the entire specialization .
    The course is beautiful.
    Very interesting and engaging
    All the lecturers are wonderful.
    Please it's highly recommended for people .

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