HR policies and procedures establish a framework of guidelines to support people management at an organization. Human Resource policies represent specific guidelines to HR heads & managers on various matters related to employment, and state the intent of the organization on different aspects of HR management including recruitment, timesheet management, travel compensation, training, and selections among others. These company policies cover a gamut of Dos & Don’ts and How-Tos ranging from staff recruitment through to organizational practices, expectations and regulations, and norms to rectify or resolve issues, if they occur. Company policies and procedures delineate the guidelines that you need to follow so that business operations are executed efficiently.
In short, HR policies provide instructions on:
- How you do and don’t do your job in the company
- What you can and cannot do in the organization (limitations)
- Which activities you can and cannot perform in the company
- What decisions can be made and cannot be made
Apparently, these policies and procedures are not laws enforced by the government, yet they usually have a foundation in law and thus, must be sincerely abided by. HR policies serve as a reference point while developing HRM practices or making decisions about an organization’s workforce. While, a procedure spells out precisely what action should be taken in line with the policies. Circumstances of every company vary and so each develops an individual set of human resource policies.