How to Conduct an HR Audit
How to conduct an HR audit is a question many businesses often ask after going through the time and expense to create human resources policies, practices, and procedures for their organizations. After all, HR policies that are not compliant with federal standards can expose a firm to lawsuits, penalties, and fines. That’s why it’s important to work with a trained, experienced HR consultant such as the Melody L. Beach Consulting Group in Southbridge, MA to regularly audit your company’s policies and stay in compliance.
At the Melody L. Beach Consulting Group we utilize a three-step HR compliance audit process:
- We identify the laws that apply to your organization to determine your risk of fines and penalties.
- We evaluate your HR practices to identify missing practices that would improve your culture.
- We identify your current employee morale and engagement levels as part of an employee opinion survey.
If you’re interested in how to conduct an HR audit properly, it should include a review of all HR policies, practices, and procedures at your business and whether they’re formal (written and posted for all employees to see) or simply “understood” within the workplace. All the best intentions in the world will not protect you from legal liability if you do not have a formalized, comprehensive, published HR policy.
Now that you know how to conduct an HR audit, it’s crucial that you, as the business owner or your management team (if you have one) act on the results of the audit. That can include getting a detailed legal review of policies, creating or updating policies and procedures, designing training courses to minimize risk, or writing a series of employee communications to address some of the issues discovered. For expert, experienced assistance with your company’s HR compliance audit, contact us here at the Melody L. Beach Consulting Group.