New season, new HR review?

Even if you’re not at school, there’s a definite ‘new term’ feeling about September. Everyone is back from holiday and focused on what comes next for their business or organisation.

For many, this is a good time to review HR policies and procedures, making sure everything is in line with current legislation and regulatory requirements and that it reflects the culture you’re building in your company. So, what are the most important areas to review?

Data protection

Is your data protection policy up to date? Are the new procedures and controls you put in place for GDPR still working correctly? Could you organise some refresher training to make sure that any data controllers in your business are following best practice? Do new starters know what their responsibilities are? Data protection is vitally important, and a regular review should be at the top of your list.

Staff handbook

This is an essential document, both for new and current employees. Your staff handbook should be accessible, easy to read and clearly laid out so that people can find out exactly what they need. In many cases, reading the staff handbook and selected associated policies is part of the contract of employment, so make sure your staff are fully aware of their rights and responsibilities – and those of the company.

Recruitment policies

A sound recruitment policy will help to make the recruitment process more efficient and cost-effective. As well as a general checklist of tasks to ensure you cover all the basics, a good recruitment policy might also include tips for interviewers, forms that need completing at interview, formal offer letters and more. Having everything you need in one place will make recruitment a much easier task.

Health and Safety

Depending on the size of your organisation, the HR department might also be responsible for Health and Safety issues and policies. This is an important area because you have a responsibility to protect the people who work for you – and it can be potentially costly if you don’t. So make sure that your current H&S policies and procedures are aligned with best practice and that all employees have access to them and have signed to say they have read them.

Ideally, you should have a programme in place that ensures all your HR policies are reviewed on a rolling basis. It’s likely to be too time-consuming to do everything at once, so if you haven’t already, put together a plan that allows you to revisit, revise and re-issue policies where necessary so you’re confident that you’re on top of things.

To find out more about updating, creating or implementing key HR policies, contact us today.

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