About this Specialization
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Flexible Schedule

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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

The ideal learner will have at least two years of college experience, but college experience is not required. Work experience is not necessary.

Hours to complete

Approx. 5 months to complete

Suggested 5 hours/week
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Korean, Vietnamese, Arabic, Italian...

What you will learn

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    Understanding alternative approaches to managing human resources and appreciating the diversity of factors that motivate workers

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    Applying best practices for hiring and rewarding employees, and for managing employee performance

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    Avoiding key mistakes in (mis)managing human resources

Skills you will gain

Performance ManagementinterviewingHuman Resources (HR)Onboardingmanaging people
100% online courses

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level

Beginner Level

The ideal learner will have at least two years of college experience, but college experience is not required. Work experience is not necessary.

Hours to complete

Approx. 5 months to complete

Suggested 5 hours/week
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Korean, Vietnamese, Arabic, Italian...

How the Specialization Works

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Hands-on Project

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Earn a Certificate

When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.

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There are 5 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Preparing to Manage Human Resources

4.8
1,576 ratings
415 reviews
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....
Course2

Recruiting, Hiring, and Onboarding Employees

4.7
864 ratings
194 reviews
Finding and hiring the right people is often cited as the number one concern of businesses today. It seems we are all competing for the best and brightest workers. As you will see in our time together in the second course, a critical component of the People Manager Value Proposition is to hire talented people who enable the organization to achieve its strategic goals. This course is an introduction into the topic of recruitment, selection and onboarding. At the outset of the course we will explore the importance of linking recruitment goals with overall company strategy. We then look at a number of options to recruit and select employees both effectively and legally. Throughout the course we will examine current issues in talent acquisition, such as how companies are now leveraging social media and hiring analytics to ensure better quality hires. At the conclusion of the course, we look at how to onboard employees to promote employee commitment and engagement....
Course3

Managing Employee Performance

4.7
548 ratings
114 reviews
Once you have hired good employees, the next step that successful people managers take is to develop the full potential of their employees. Performance management is a process that helps managers achieve the goal of getting the best from their employees. In this third course in the Human Resources for People Managers specialization, we will discuss the skills and key processes you will need to develop your employees to attain department and organizational goals. These skills will include setting clear expectations, providing positive and corrective feedback, and delivering an effective performance appraisal....
Course4

Managing Employee Compensation

4.6
413 ratings
87 reviews
How do I pay employees? And how do I get paid? This course covers how to pay employees. We begin by asking: "What kind of a person do I need to attract, retain, and motivate for my business to succeed?" From here, we'll explain how to translate that pay strategy into the pay mix: the salary structure, short-term incentives, long-term incentives, and benefits that are aligned to your business objectives. Interested in learning more about the technical aspects of compensation, but don't know where to begin? We'll give an overview of key the key technical skills: compliance with pay regulations, understanding stock options, shopping for health insurance and pension providers, and designing incentive plans. Lastly, we'll discuss non-monetary methods of motivating employees. If you're interested in learning how to pay employees, or learning where your paycheck comes from, this course is for you!...

Instructors

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Stacy Doepner-Hove

Director, Masters in Human Resources and Industrial Relations program
Carlson School of Management, Department of Work and Organizations
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Larry Bourgerie

Senior Lecturer
Carlson School of Management, Department of Work and Organizations
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Mike Davis

Senior Lecturer
Carlson School of Management, Department of Work and Organizations
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Amy Simon

Senior Lecturer
Department of Work and Organizations
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Alan Benson

Assistant Professor
Carlson School of Management, Department of Work and Organizations
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John W. Budd

Professor and Director
Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies

About University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations....

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.

  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.

  • There are four topic courses and one Capstone course in the Specialization. Each topic course and the capstone course will last approximately 4 weeks.

  • Courses will run with cohorts starting approximately every two weeks.

  • The ideal learner will have at least two years of college experience, but college experience is not required.This course covers the fundamentals of human resources at a sophisticated beginners level. It is beginners level because no prior experience or courses in human resources are necessary, but it is a college-level course in which learners are expected to think carefully about conceptual and practical issues.

  • Taking the courses in sequence is strongly recommended.

  • You will be better able to manage people. You will understand the legal environment for managing people and you will have a deeper understanding of what motivates employees. You will be able to effectively hire and integrate new employees, motivate them and manage their performance, and compensate and reward them. You will also be able to avoid key mistakes. If you are a manager, you will also be able to have a more productive relationship with your HR person; if you are starting a career in HR, you will be able to complete basic HR tasks.

  • Most courses on managing people emphasize personal leadership and therefore are focused on soft skills to develop good relationships--being compassionate, a good listener, transparent, ethical, collaborative, and the like. Our course is different in focusing on better policies for managing people--best practices for hiring employees, doing performance appraisals, rewarding them. This course is also unique in allowing managers to get a better understanding of what HR professionals in their organizations do, and therefore hopefully have better relationships with them. Finally, our course is unique in bringing a realistic, multidisciplinary approach to managing people. A lot of approaches emphasize a single motivational approach, often rooted in psychology (e.g., find your inner passion). Our courses recognize that employees are diverse and have many motivations, and we infuse our courses with economic, psychological, and other perspectives, not just a singular perspective.

  • No. The course material is most directly relevant to managers taking on responsibilities for hiring, motivating, and managing others, but others who are interested in the fundamental principles of human resource management will find the material valuable with or without prior work experience. The context of the material is not limited to any particular occupations, industries, or regions.

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