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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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.

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. 

Aligning Employee Performance with Organizational Goals
COURSE ID: ILRHR521


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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.