Every business has human resources policies that it works to regardless of the size of the company or the number of employees it employs. To ensure these policies are effective it is essential to carry out a human resources audit on an annual basis. An audit will measure the effectiveness of current processes in place and then also evaluate whether additional procedures are required. It also highlights any anomalies in the company’s approach to employment law requirements and acts as a guard against breaches in employment law that could result in a dispute or tribunal.
You can arrange for an audit to be carried out by your existing human resources staff. However it can often be more effective to opt for HR consultancy instead. HR experts can review company processes impartially and offer advice on how they can be amended and improved. HR consultants are specialists in employment law and will quickly identify any holes in the current policies you have in place. They have a thorough understanding of best practice and will use a checklist to ensure all areas have been covered. A self audit can sometimes be subjective and open to error whereas it is widely thought that an independent audit will provide the most accurate information.
As part of the audit areas such as staff recruitment, employee relationships, HR administration, grievances and the disciplinary process, the audit will involve reviewing current documentation and forms. Managers will be interviewed and employees asked for their opinions on the effectiveness of HR policies. It will also uncover any areas where the business is open to law suits due to the procedures being insufficient or not in place at all.
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