Standard D2 Explained

Why do HR management policies need to be made accessible to all employees? In order for HR management policies to be implemented effectively, they must be thoroughly understood by all staff. Ideally, the behaviours and actions outlined in your HR management policies become part of your organization’s work culture.

Policies can be made accessible by posting them online or by ensuring that every employee has a copy. However, accessibility also requires that policies be easy to understand and written in a language that is familiar to your employees.1 Special care should be taken to ensure that your policies are accessible to people with disabilities.1

How should HR management policies be made available to all employees? Employees are often made aware of HR management policies as part of their orientation to a new position in the organization and when policies change or are updated. They may be given a copy of all policies or directed to where they can access them online.1


From "Accreditation Preparation Workbook Section D: Staff Management,"  Katharine Zywert, Social Prosperity Wood Buffalo at the University of Waterloo, 2013.

  1. HR Management Standards: Second Edition,” HR Council for the Nonprofit Sector, 2011.


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