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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