HR policy and strategy

Noelle MurphyEditor's message: The role of the HR department stretches from setting people policies and procedures to feeding into the business strategy. We conduct around 30 surveys of employer practice every year to ensure we are capturing the most up-to-date practice within HR.

Our Survey analysis > HR roles and responsibilities 2016 survey: key metrics is the latest research exploring HR strategy. One of the key metrics included is the ratio of HR practitioners to employers - over the fourteen years that we have been tracking this figure, we have seen this ratio change from a high of 1:118 to, where it stands today, 1:62, based on figures from 535 HR professionals.

XpertHR's survey on dress codes, with responses from 578 employers, finds that the majority of employers offer at least some guidance to employees on what is appropriate to wear at work.

Our data and benchmarking services include all of our latest findings, searchable by size and sector of organisation.

Noelle Murphy, HR practice editorial team leader

Latest items in HR policy and strategy

  • Date:
    20 May 2016
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    Employers in the banking sector must comply with tough new requirements as part of major regulatory reform. What impact will this have on how HR deals with references? Sarah Ozanne, Of Counsel at law firm CMS, explains.

  • Podcast: Can employers monitor private emails?

    Date:
    20 May 2016
    Type:
    Editor's choice

    Do employees give up all rights to privacy when they enter the workplace? XpertHR editors Laura Merrylees and Fiona Cuming discuss two topical cases, their implications and the practical steps employers can take to protect their business interests.

  • Podcast: Monitoring emails in the workplace

    Date:
    20 May 2016
    Type:
    Audio and video

    Do employees give up all rights to privacy when they enter the workplace? XpertHR editors Laura Merrylees and Fiona Cuming discuss two topical cases, their implications and the practical steps employers can take to protect their business interests.

  • Euro 2016

    Date:
    19 May 2016
    Type:
    Editor's choice

    Employers can prepare for possible disruption arising from the football European championships. XpertHR resources, including our model policy, cover working-time issues, alcohol-related problems and misconduct.

  • Benchmark your annual leave provision

    Date:
    16 May 2016
    Type:
    Editor's choice

    Our 2016 survey on annual leave entitlement covers 365 employers, representing 714 employee groups and more than one million employees. It outlines practice when it comes to calculating holiday pay, as well as buying and selling holiday entitlement.

  • Take part in our overtime survey

    Date:
    16 May 2016
    Type:
    Editor's choice

    XpertHR would like to invite you to take part in our survey of overtime, looking primarily at arrangements and pay rates.

  • Annual leave: 2016 survey of employer practice

    Date:
    16 May 2016
    Type:
    Survey analysis

    This XpertHR survey on annual leave arrangements covers responses from 365 employers and details the median basic holiday entitlement, plus the formulas used by employers to calculate holiday pay.

  • Policy on sporting and other special events

    Type:
    Policies and documents

    Updated to flag up that the UEFA Euro 2016 football tournament runs from 10 June to 10 July 2016.

  • Should enforcing the wearing of high heels in the workplace be banned?

    Date:
    13 May 2016
    Type:
    Editor's choice

    A receptionist who has claimed she was victimised at work for wearing flat shoes has launched a petition sparked a debate about the legality of enforcing female employees to wear high heels.

  • Receptionist sets up petition against high heels dress policy

    Date:
    12 May 2016
    Type:
    News

    A temporary receptionist has claimed that she was sent home from an assignment at consulting firm PwC because she was not wearing high heels.

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