Policies, Procedures and Processes

Why do I need formal HR policies?

As an employer, HR policies will help you manage your business more efficiently and streamline the management of your people.  HR policies allow you to focus on running your business instead of resolving people issues.  Think of it as a best practice for employers to communicate important rules, guidelines and information to employees through written policies.

Are you in compliance with new ESA standards effective January 1, 2018?  HR policies will help you be in compliance and avoid fines starting at $1,000.

Catherine’s Tip: Ensuring you have good policies in place and/or updating existing policies will help mitigate the burden that the new ESA has imposed on your business.

How will my business benefit from HR Policies?

Employees tend to be more engaged when they have a clear understanding of their role and responsibilities at work. HR policies make clear your expectations as the employer, and allow employees to work with confidence knowing what those expectations are.

All company personnel must share the same understanding of what is and what is not acceptable behavior while at work.  HR policies leave no questions around accountability or activities that could have serious consequences to your business (i.e. legal compliance, safety and regulatory issues).

The consequences for violating HR policies should be written clearly in the company’s HR standards so that employees understand the rules, and know what to expect. This allows you, the employer, to regulate daily activities and take disciplinary action, up to and including termination.

What is Catherine’s approach?

We would start by looking at 2 main sources – results of an HR Audit, and your people pains.  The policies can be as comprehensive as required or we can focus on urgent HR policies that will quickly bring your business into compliance and address your biggest pains.

Our HR policies process can look different depending on your business requirements, but the basic processes are:

  • Review HR Audit results and business HR pains
  • Develop content by identifying policies based on –
  • Critical, Business Protection and Legislated Requirements
  • Highly Recommended and Business Protection
  • Best Practices or Business Specific
  • Draft HR policies
  • Review Draft HR policies with you for approval
  • Prepare final copy of HR policies
  • Implement the policy by:
    • Reviewing HR policies with all levels of employees
    • Ensuring all employees attend and review policies
    • Inviting questions and ensuring all employees understand policies
    • Ensuring all employees sign off that they have reviewed, understand and have received or have access to a copy of the HR policies
  • Review and update HR policies annually, and when there are changes to legislation or business need

What is the Payoff?

HR policies protect you and your business by spelling out your expectations to your people and the consequences that may occur when your company’s standards aren’t being met. Once these lines are drawn, your employees can comfortably become more engaged and work harder for your business.

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