Human resource policies

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Human resource policies are systems of codified decisions, established by an organization, to support administrative personnel functions, performance management, employee relations and resource planning.[1]

Each company has a different set of circumstances, and so develops an individual set of human resource policies.[1]


The establishment of policies can help an organization demonstrate, both internally and externally, that it meets requirements for diversity, ethics and training as well as its commitments in relation to regulation and corporate governance of its employees. For example, in order to dismiss an employee in accordance with employment law requirements, amongst other considerations, it will normally be necessary to meet provisions within employment contracts and collective bargaining agreements. The establishment of an HR Policy which sets out obligations, standards of behavior and document disciplinary procedures, is now the standard approach to meeting these obligations.

HR policies can also be very effective at supporting and building the desired organizational culture.[2] For example recruitment and retention policies might outline the way the organization values a flexible workforce, compensation policies might support this by offering a 48/52 pay option where employees can take an extra four weeks holidays per year and receive less pay across the year.


  1. ^ a b "Definition of Human Resource". Investopedia. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Reasonable Accommodations Are A Pain, But Litigation Is A Bigger Pain, HR Advisors, 2007, retrieved February 1, 2014 

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