As an HR generalist, one may have a particular experience in one area of human resources, but they are competent in all of a human resource department functions. Because of this breadth of knowledge, they are indeed a valuable asset to an organization. I'm sharing some of the common practices which are similar in almost all organizations, which could help potentially understand what duties are performered by an HR generalist on a regular cadence -
Compensation and benefits(Total rewards)
Recruitment and Onboarding
Performance management(requires deep understanding on this domain)
Compliance with labor laws(understanding of local and in-country regulations)
Measuring employee satisfaction(understanding and driving various touchpoints for employee experience)
HR generalists need to have strong understanding and balance of emotional and social intelligence. As professionals specializing in helping people do their job well, HR generalists need to understand what motivates and inspires many people of all backgrounds and experiences.
HR generalists will also need strong administrative skills and knowledge of labor laws, benefits policies and best practices. All of these skills can be learned and further improvised over time , but it is important that a prospective/buddy - HR professional be interested in working with other people—the “human” aspect and emotion needs be emphasized. You’ll listen to a wide array of employee issues and will need to act in a way that builds trust.
All these answers are great! I would like to add - because it was my experience - that an HR Generalist role is a great place to learn about the many areas of Human Resources and determine a specialty that you might enjoy. The variety of experiences that this type of role offers is varied and interesting. Overall, a great way to start a career and learn about the HR function.
Best of luck!
Crystal A. Roncek, MSMSL
Another little tip, if possible, I recommend taking an HR analytics course. This is the way HR is going and you will be a very valuable candidate for any position! Just to understand the terminology and concepts. Hope this helps!