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Whose side is HR on?

Some people like to argue that HR is simply for the employer or the company and does not benefit or look out for the employee. This is simply not the case for a multitude of reasons.

Firstly, protecting the company is one of the main responsibilities for HR, but a good HR practitioner should realise that protecting employees also protects the organisation. The company itself has legal obligations to the employee, as the company is responsible for maintaining working conditions and staff welfare and it is HR’s job to uphold this.

HR has a pivotal role in achieving good levels of employee satisfaction. HR departments will administer employee engagement surveys, conduct focus groups, and seek employee input regarding job satisfaction. These results form tangible data to help companies recognise their strengths and weaknesses, allowing them to create plans to improve and develop their workforce and make the workplace a better space for everyone.

This is particularly important as a result of the current market difficulties with recruitment. It is imperative that employee retention is strong in companies, and HR helps to make the workplace as positive as possible.

Another important role of HR is creating and implementing employee-related policies. Policies do more than just help businesses comply with employment and labour laws. They also provide a framework for implementing employment-related processes, such as how to manage workplace harassment. Anti-harassment policies, absence policies and employee safety policies are just a few examples of this.

To find out how we can help, or to discuss the matter and potential future changes further, call us on 01935 411191 or email One of our HR consultants will be able to answer your queries and recommend solutions.


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