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Factsheet:

HR policies

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This factsheet was last updated in May 2015.

What are HR policies?

HR policies are a written source of guidance on how a wide range of issues should be handled within an employing organisation, incorporating a description of principles, rights and responsibilities for managers and employees.

Links between HR policies, procedures and strategy

HR policies should flow from HR strategies, and complement HR procedures.

  • An HR strategy is a statement or framework determining how HR can support business or organisational objectives, focusing on longer-term people issues and macro-concerns about structure, values, commitment and matching resources to future need.

  • HR policies provide general and practical advice and guidance for managers and staff on a range of employment issues.

  • HR procedures support and supplement HR policies where appropriate by giving a step-by-step account of specific arrangements that apply in particular circumstances (for example, setting time limits within which meetings must take place).

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