Human Resource Policy and Procedures

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HR policies, procedures, and rules greatly affect the employment relationship. Policies act as general guidelines that help focus organizational actions.

Procedures provide customary methods of handling activities and are more specific than policies. Rules are specific guidelines that regulate and restrict individuals’ behavior. They are similar to procedures in that they guide action and typically allow no discretion in their application. Rules reflect a management decision that action be taken - or not taken - in a given situation, and they provide more specific behavioral guidelines than do policies.

Coordination and shared responsibility between the HR unit and operating managers are necessary for HR policies, procedures, and rules to be effective. The HR unit supports managers, reviews policies and disciplinary rules, and trains managers to use them.
Often policies, procedures, and rules are provided in employee handbooks.

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