HR Core Standards
The standards cover all aspects of employee recruitment, training, engagement, reward and development. There are also standards related to creating a safe and inclusive working environment.
Businesses are required to self-assess against the standards on an annual basis and provide a return to Group to confirm levels of compliance. They are expected to proactively identify gaps and address areas of underperformance. The feedback from the self-assessments is consolidated to show year on year trends and highlight approaches where more guidance or support may be required.
Further follow up and assurance of responses and any improvements required is also provided during business audits.
During 2016, the HR core standards, with which every business must comply, were revised. Originally developed in 2006, the standards are not new, but had over time become increasingly complex and less relevant. The updated standards are simpler and shorter, and align with the current business and people risks. HR leaders across the Group have participated in online training sessions and have been provided with copies of the revised policies and the procedures that underpin them.
Since the relaunch of the HR core standards, every business has completed a self-assessment of compliance with the core standards using our enterprise risk management systems. The system provides a common platform for managing risk and streamlines the process for completing, monitoring and reporting compliance against the standards. As with previous years, any gaps identified are followed up via both regional and group HR teams and through business audits.
As well as investing time and effort in ensuring our existing operations are fit for purpose, we are also developing a new HR system which will be piloted in Ireland in 2017.
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