HR Audit is a comprehensive method (or means) to review current human resources policies, procedures, documentation and systems to identify needs for improvement and enhancement of the HR function.
A Human Resources Audit (or HR Audit) is a comprehensive method (or means) to review current human resources policies, procedures, documentation and systems to identify needs for improvement and enhancement of the HR function as well as to assess compliance with ever-changing rules and regulations. An Audit involves systematically reviewing all aspects of human resources, usually in a checklist fashion.
The purpose of an HR Audit is to recognize strengths and identify any needs for improvement in the human resources function. A properly executed Audit will reveal problem areas and provide recommendations and suggestions for the remedy of these problems. Some of the reasons to conduct such a review include:
- Ensuring the effective utilization of the organization’s human resources -
- Reviewing compliance in relation to the administration of the organization -
- Instilling a sense of confidence in management and the human resources function -
- Maintaining or enhancing the organization and the department’s reputation in the community -
- Performing “due diligence” review for shareholders or potential investors/owners -
- Establishing a baseline for future improvement for the function -
OBJECTIVES OF HR AUDIT
(1) To review every aspect of management of HR to determine the effectiveness of each programmes in an organisation.
(2) To seek explanation and information in respect of failure and success of HR.
(3) To evaluate implementation of policies.
(4) To evaluate the performance of personnel staff and employees.
(5) To seek priorities, values and goals of management philosophy.