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: 2015 XpertHR research is the latest research, tracking key HR metrics. One of the key metrics included is the ratio of HR practitioners to employers - over the thirteen 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, 1:74.

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

  • Podcast: Tackling employee poor timekeeping

    Date:
    22 January 2016
    Type:
    Audio and video

    In this week's podcast, we discuss poor timekeeping by employees and provide practical guidance on what steps an employer can take.

  • Podcast: Dealing with poor timekeeping

    Date:
    22 January 2016
    Type:
    Editor's choice

    We provide practical guidance on how to handle lateness and persistent poor timekeeping by employees effectively.

  • What are the key HR metrics to look out for in 2016?

    Date:
    21 January 2016
    Type:
    Editor's choice

    Latest XpertHR Benchmarking analysis reveals that HR department structure and resources remains a key issue for the profession as we head into 2016.

  • Five key HR data metrics for 2016

    Date:
    20 January 2016
    Type:
    Survey analysis

    With data playing an increasingly critical role in successful HR initiatives, new analysis from XpertHR Benchmarking reveals the five key HR metrics for 2016.

  • ECHR rules on monitoring personal Yahoo messages in the workplace

    Date:
    19 January 2016
    Type:
    Editor's choice

    The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) held that the employee's privacy rights had not been violated because the monitoring of his communications by his employer had been reasonable in the context of disciplinary proceedings.

  • Social media: monitoring employee's work-related Yahoo account was justified

    Date:
    19 January 2016
    Type:
    Law reports

    In this Romanian case, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) accepted that the employee's right to a private life had been affected when his employer accessed his Yahoo messages. However, the ECHR went on to hold that the employer's actions were justified in the circumstances and not in breach of art. 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights.

  • Policy on use of social media

    Type:
    Policies and documents

    Updated to include information on Barbulescu v Romania, in which the ECHR considered the privacy issues when an employer accessed an employee's Yahoo messages.

  • Policy on social networking websites

    Type:
    Policies and documents

    Updated to include information on Barbulescu v Romania, in which the ECHR considered the privacy issues when an employer accessed an employee's Yahoo messages.

  • Bribe reported to employer: tribunal holds dismissal is fair

    Date:
    18 January 2016
    Type:
    Editor's choice

    An employment tribunal, in Blake v Home Office, has held that the employer fairly dismissed an immigration officer for taking a bribe where the employee subsequently returned the bribe and reported it.

  • Form for an employee to report bribery

    Type:
    Policies and documents

    Updated to include information on Blake v Home Office, an employment tribunal decision that an employee was fairly dismissed for failing to report an attempted bribe in a timely manner.

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