It may not be the most exciting literature you have ever laid eyes on, but clear HR policies are really worth investing your time in! Comprehensive HR policies are crucial to ensure clarity and consistency throughout your company in terms of HR practices. They help to increase employees' confidence in the HR function and therefore in their company. So read our policy-drafting tips, put your writing hat on and make the most inspiring and clear HR policies ever!
1. Involve your key stakeholders as from the beginning
In order to increase acceptance and commitment,we strongly suggest co-creating your policies together with your key stakeholders. Identify who they are and what kind of input you need from them, eg:
Work with a draft, to clearly show that their feedback really matters and keep them in the loop during the whole drafting process.
Remember WHY you are writing this particular policy: what's in it for the company, what are the needs of the employee, what are the needs of HR and make sure this is made perfectly clear as from the beginning of the policy.
Since there are plenty of HR topics you can write a policy about, it might be useful to determine your priorities. The following questions can help you to decide which policies need to get your attention first:
It may speak for itself, but a clear title is important for the employee to understand very quickly what the policy is about. Make sure you use the same terminology in the policy, as well as in your other HR documents, daily HR practice, ...
A solid structure for an HR Policy could be:
For some examples, take a look at our free policies.
A policy is not the most exiting document to read, so ask yourself the following questions when writing and reviewing your policy:
No doubt that you will write great policies if you apply these tips! And don't worry, if you really don't have the time to start from scratch, go to the HRM Toolshop for our extensive and clear HR policies. For the free downloads: see our Free Products.