HR policies provide written guidance for employees and managers on how to handle a range of employment issues. They play an important role in practically and effectively implementing an organisation’s HR strategy. They also provide consistency and transparency for employees and managers, helping to enhance the psychological contract and create a positive organisational culture.

This factsheet outlines how organisations can benefit from introducing HR policies; the people responsible for developing policies in different-sized organisations; and the types of policies which should be introduced. It also provides guidance on implementing HR policies, from reviewing and auditing to benchmarking, consultation and drafting of new policies. Finally, the factsheet offers advice on writing and communicating policies to different sectors of the workforce.

CIPD viewpoint

What are HR policies?

Who develops HR policies?

Which HR policies should be introduced?

Sourcing information for HR policies

Guidelines for introducing and reviewing HR policies

Useful contacts and further reading

This factsheet was last updated by CIPD staff.

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