Manufacturing, like all industries, is in a constant state of development in almost every aspect of its operations. Today's manufacturing workplaces, with their ever-increasing adoption of new technologies, are changing rapidly also, and so too are the industrial relationships between business and their employees. Industrial relations officers manage employment conditions and related issues.
Industrial relations officers aim to encourage employees and employers to work towards effective organisational practices.
Industrial relations officers may …
The work of industrial relations officers varies according to where they are employed. Those working for organisations with a large workforce aim to minimise industrial disputes by acting as a communication link between management and employees. Those working for employer associations or trade unions aim to protect the interests and maximise the benefits of the group they are representing.
Industrial relations officers will work both in an office environment and on the factory floor. In a large manufacturing organisation they will usually consult form time to time with both management and employees.
To become an industrial relations officer you usually have to complete a Diploma of Business (Human Resources) (or similar).
Of course, with experience, and possibly further training, you can continue to progress further along a career pathway that could see you in a number of senior management positions.
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