This is why the question is so important. It’s amazing to me how many people are aware of how HR spends their time.
Although I don’t like answering questions with “it depends”, it is true that it depends. Let’s look at some assumptions.
These generalists are what we’re referring to. If we were to refer to a training specialist, then they train all day. Generalists can handle a bit of everything.
This industry is not open 24 hours a day. It’s impossible to know what you might be doing every day if you work in a 24-hour business. Many times, I have left the office intending to finish a project that day. Someone does something dumb on the overnight shift. That’s my surprise new agenda item the next morning.
It doesn’t happen at a particular HR time of the year. Let’s face the facts – there is an open enrollment period, holiday party, summer picnic, and maybe even a evaluation or seasonal recruitment time. These are the times when everything else is put on hold and we can complete the major project.
I would get twenty different answers if I asked twenty HR professionals how they spend their time. Let’s help this reader.