Human Resources Courses

These courses are developed by faculty and seasoned HR practitioners from Cornell University’s ILR school, the premier institution for employment, human resource, and workplace studies. The courses bring together the insights and work of leading academic researchers with instruction grounded in practice and focused on real-world application. Whether you are new to HR, an accomplished HR practitioner, or an HR leader or business partner, there are HR courses and professional certificates that fit your career objectives.

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Achieving Year-Round Performance Management and Appraisal
COURSE ID: ILRHR512


Appraise employee performance through constant feedback, effective communication, and goal-oriented leadership. Learn how to establish goals, identify development opportunities, and pinpoint areas for improvement.

Aligning Employee Performance with Organizational Goals
COURSE ID: ILRHR521


Develop the skills needed to assess and address the performance management needs of your organization.

Total Rewards Compensation
COURSE ID: ILRHR522


The conversation around employee pay has changed from one of base salaries, bonuses, and cash compensation to a “total rewards” approach that seeks the right blend of monetary and non-monetary elements that will engage each employee and benefit the organization.

Navigating Labor Relations
COURSE ID: ILRHR523


This course prepares new and aspiring human resource professionals to deal with the challenges of employee and labor relations.

Facilitating Staffing Decisions
COURSE ID: ILRHR524


This course develops the skills needed to align HR staffing practices with the strategy of the larger organization, based on the research and expertise of John Hausknecht, Ph.D.

Driving Engagement
COURSE ID: ILRHR525


Research shows that engagement is the key factor that promotes higher performance. Engagement impacts an organization’s turnover rate—and its bottom line. Learn what engagement is and how to encourage it in your own organization.

Employee Training and Development
COURSE ID: ILRHR526


Training and development are used to support strategic initiatives and address a variety of performance needs. Learn how to best address your organization’s training needs.

Countering Bias in the Workplace
COURSE ID: ILRHR527


Despite decades of legal and social reform aimed at reducing discrimination in the workplace, inequality continues to be a significant problem in all societies and most workplaces. Learn how to address and bridge that gap.

Fostering a Coaching Culture
COURSE ID: ILRHR528


Besides technical and legal responsibilities within an organization, human resources staff have a moral responsibility to the individuals in the organization they serve.

Consulting Skills for Internal HR
COURSE ID: ILRHR529


Learn the skills needed to be a dynamic internal HR consultant by taking part in numerous consulting scenarios.

Measuring and Compensating for Performance
COURSE ID: ILRHR571


Learn how to assess and measure performance and then determine proper compensation in a way that aligns with the goals and needs of the organization. 

Attracting and Retaining Talent with Performance Pay
COURSE ID: ILRHR572


Learn how to use incentive compensation to attract and retain talent in a way that is both profitable for the organization and fair to the employee. 

Assessing the Financial, Strategic, and People-Related Return on Pay for Performance
COURSE ID: ILRHR573


Learn how to evaluate pay-for-performance practices as they relate to financial performance, strategic alignment, and talent management.

Aligning HR Strategy with Organizational Strategy
COURSE ID: ILRHR552


Create a vertical-alignment strategy to improve decision-making, people outcomes, processes, and profits. Align HR functions with the organization to execute strategies.

Applying and Expanding a Compensation Model
COURSE ID: ILRHR507


Align your organization's compensation plan to its strategic goals. Use market analysis to implement changes to a compensation plan. Assess internal and external factors and create a dynamic model to administer compensation.

Assessing, Designing, and Implementing Performance Management Systems
COURSE ID: ILRHR511


Drive productivity and growth through performance management. Learn how to develop, implement, and assess a performance appraisal system.

Getting Results through Talent Management
COURSE ID: ILRHR554


In order to succeed, your organization needs to attract and keep top talent. Learn ways to address talent management challenges and how to create and enhance your talent management system to ensure that your organization is properly staffed.

Communicating and Coaching and Counseling for Improved Performance
COURSE ID: ILRHR506


Improve performance and resolve workplace issues through effective communications with all members of an organization. Provide counseling and coaching to employees.

Diversity and Inclusion in Practice
COURSE ID: ILRHR553


Diversity and Inclusion has shifted from "counting the numbers" to "making the numbers count." This course describes the shift from diversity to inclusion and how to assess the three levels of inclusion for an organization.

PHR & SPHR Exam Prep Course
COURSE ID: PHRSPHR01


The PHR/SPHR prep course curriculum is designed by subject matter experts and covers the most up-to-date HR Certification Institute (HRCI) body of knowledge. This 12-week intensive program is designed to prepare you to sit for the certification exams for Professional in Human Resources (PHR®) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®) designation

Strategic Engagement
COURSE ID: ILRHR556


Learn the difference between an average, generic engagement effort and one that has the potential to really drive superior organizational performance through a research-based learning experience.

Employment Laws for the HR Professional
COURSE ID: ILRHR502


Recognize and manage legal issues in the workplace; familiarize yourself with OSHA, FLSA, FMLA, NLRA, and state laws and their applications.

Fundamentals of Retirement, Flexible and Additional Benefits
COURSE ID: ILRHR504


Learn about retirement benefits and health plans and accurately communicate that information to your employees. Understand all available options, including flexible benefits and flexible spending accounts.

Fundamentals of Welfare and Legal Benefits
COURSE ID: ILRHR503


The focus of this course is health, or welfare, benefits: what they are, how they are funded, what is mandated and what options exist.

Human Resources Leadership
COURSE ID: ILRHR551


Develop strategies that improve strategic, ethical, legal, and financial outcomes for your organization. Manage the complexities of interpersonal dynamics at the most senior levels to nurture strong leaders.

Internal Consulting Skills for HR Professionals
COURSE ID: ILRHR513


Provide critical input into your organization's strategic initiatives. Cultivate internal consulting skills and become involved in implementing strategies.

Issues and Concepts in Equal Employment Opportunities Law
COURSE ID: ILRHR501


Learn how to manage legal issues within your organization. Learn how employment laws affect employees and the organization as a whole.

Managing Global Employment Issues and Work Practices
COURSE ID: ILRSM840


Acquire vital knowledge in the advanced HR topics of international employment issues, employee relations, alternative dispute resolution, and managing organizational conflict to broaden your understanding of key HR practices and strategies.

HR Analytics for Business Decisions
COURSE ID: ILRHR555


Use HR data, metrics, and analytics to guide decision making and support the strategic goals of your organization.

Organizational Culture and Work/Life Balance
COURSE ID: ILRHR505


Use a strong employee relations program to inspire optimal performance from employees. Promote balance between work and life and recognize how everyone's actions reflect corporate culture and strategy.

Selection and Staffing: The Selection Process
COURSE ID: ILRHR509


Identify staffing needs and hire qualified, high-performing candidates. Create a long-term, systematic approach to hiring.

Selection and Staffing: The Staffing Process
COURSE ID: ILRHR510


Retain your valued employees, and manage departures and workforce reductions. Systematically assess the effectiveness of selection and staffing in your organization.

Designing and Implementing Effective Social Media Policy
COURSE ID: ILRHR561


Drive internal social media strategy by creating policies that promote quality social media practices in your organization.

Finding and Managing Talent Through Social Media
COURSE ID: ILRHR562


Explore and leverage current trends in using social media as a tool for attracting, selecting, and retaining key employees with employment brand.

Creating and Sustaining Remote-Work Programs
COURSE ID: ILRHR563


Remote work continues to proliferate as businesses embrace the benefits of a distributed workplace. Discover how HR professionals screen, train and work with management using social media and internet tools to leverage the virtual work environment to everyone's advantage.