Human Resource Management

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A policy is a plan of action. It is a statement of intention committing the management to a general course of action. When the management drafts a policy statement to cover some features of its personnel programmes, the statement may often contain an expression of philosophy and principle as well. Although it is perfectly legitimate for an organization to include its philosophy, principles and policy in one policy expression.

Q1) Why organizations adopt personnel policies explain the benefits? 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.

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Q2) What are the sources and content of personnel policies?
PERSONNEL POLICY

• Personnel policies constitute guide to action. They furnish the general standards or basis on which decisions are reached. • A policy is man-made rule or predetermined course of action that is established to guide the performance of work towards the...
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