What Are the Benefits of HR Policies?

by Ruth Mayhew; Updated September 26, 2017
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The human resources department of your company is the cornerstone of interaction with and management of your workforce. The company policies your human resources department create are essential to the organization and productivity of your business. That said, there are numerous benefits to implementing human resources policies in your business.

Recruitment and Selection

Policies pertaining to the recruitment and selection process are the foundation of building any workforce. You must have a plan for creating applications, how to prequalify applicants, how applicants move up to become a candidate and other employment procedures. This set of policies also benefits current employees who refer applicants to your business.

Training and Professional Development

Provisions for employee training and development are included in human resource policy documents because it informs employees of the kind of professional development available to them. In addition, policies related to training and development assistance in the formulation of employee development plans or performance improvement plans. Training and development policies serve as an outline of educational benefits available to current employees.

Handling Employee Concerns

Many companies have written procedures for handling employee complaints, whether they are internal, informal complaints or allegations made about the employer to enforcement agencies. The benefit of this policy is to document your company’s commitment to nondiscriminatory practices and how such complaints are resolved. These policies also benefit employees because they provide important information about workplace communication in the event an employee is unsure of who she contacts to discuss any concerns or problems.

Workplace Safety

In a time when more than worker safety in the performance of her job is the primary issue addressed in safety policies, employers distribute policies that address matters such as workplace violence. These types of policies are generally discussed in detail with employee groups; an emergency evacuation policy isn’t effective if you don’t discuss it until the emergency happens. Another benefit to having a human resources safety policy is adherence to federal and state guidelines for workplace safety.

Organizational Structure

An introduction to the human resources policy manual explains the organizational structure, what departments fulfill which expectations and company leadership. In the introductory section, many employers also explain the company philosophy as it is related to customer service, co-workers, leadership and business ethics. Ethics statements are extremely popular, especially in a world where social responsibility is observed by so much of the population. This section of a human resources policy manual may also state the company's compliance with federal, state and local anti-discrimination laws.

Employment Rules

Employees are accustomed to learning specific workplace rules such as dress code, discipline procedures, parking, attendance and working hours, holidays, employee benefits and payroll dates. The human resources policy on these issues is easy accessed by employees who have questions, or reviewed by new employees eager to learn more about their new employer. The benefit is that you have a written commitment to employees about the operation of the business.

About the Author

Ruth Mayhew began writing in 1985. Her work appears in "The Multi-Generational Workforce in the Health Care Industry" and "Human Resources Managers Appraisal Schemes." Mayhew earned senior professional human resources certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute and holds a Master of Arts in sociology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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