CLARKSBURG — Jobs opportunities for human resources and labor relations specialists continue to grow in West Virginia, according to a report from WORKFORCE West Virginia.
While many business managers perform some human resources tasks, some companies are realizing the benefits of having employees solely focused on labor relations, according to Dr. Tim Oxley, associate dean of the School of Business at Fairmont State University.
“They’ve come to realize that human resources management is becoming such a highly specialized field,” he said.
Depending on the industry, human resources managers of today have to understand federal regulations and litigation risks, according to Oxley.
Human resources managers also benefit the company because they can devote more time to hiring a quality workforce, he said.
“That’s not something the general manager has the luxury of time to do always,” Oxley said.
Linda Radcliff, associate relations manager and allied recruiter at United Hospital Center, has worked in other fields but chose her current profession because she appreciates the variety of tasks each day brings.
“It’s a diverse field,” she said. “That’s what keeps your interest.”
Radcliff has worked at United Hospital Center for 30 years.
Her job description includes reviewing applications, responding to policy questions and complaints, performing complaint investigations, planning community service events and developing the hospital’s internal newsletter.
While she sometimes has to smooth over conflicts and appease disgruntled employees, the job is usually positive, according to Radcliff.
“It’s always positive to offer someone a job,” she said.
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