Human Resource and Employee Relations Essay

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Employee Relations is an integral part of human resources. “Employee Relations involves the body of work concerned with maintaining employer- employee relationships that contribute to satisfactory productivity, motivation and morale. Essentially, Employee Relations is concerned with preventing and resolving problems involving individuals which arise out of or affect work situations.” (www.wfnetwork.bc.edu) The human resource professional requires knowledge and understanding, but they are of a limited value if he or she lacks the competencies to apply them to solving problems. Because employees want to feel good about who they are, what they do and where they work it is important for Human Resource professionals to constantly stay up to…show more content…
Most companies have policies dealing with areas such as sexual harassment, leave of absence, drug free workplace, attendance, family and illness leave, email usage, smoking, telephone and computer usage, tuition reimbursement and professional responsibility. A procedure is much different from a policy. Procedures are step by step directions for completing a job or task. Procedure is defined as the operational processes required to implement institutional policy. Operating practices can be formal or informal, specific to a department or applicable across the entire institution. If policy is "what" the institution does operationally, then its procedures are how it intends to carry out those operating policy expressions.”(www.policy.calpoly.edu) Procedure are often drafted like : The steps for reporting sexual harassment, or complaint procedures. Rules then, are a specific guideline to replace thought. The thinking is, if you know the rules then you should always know what to do. Rules are generally comfortable and always safe. Common workplace rules include ideas such as sexual harassment and religious discrimination of any kind are forbidden and grounds for dismissal. It is very important to have proper polices, procedures and rules in place to ensure a safe, organized, and nondiscriminatory work place. However it is important that policies, procedures and rules are written to be followed by the
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