Standard D3 Explained

Why is it important to review HR management policies once every three years? HR management policies stipulate how employees are expected to work and act as part of your organization.1 Reviewing these policies regularly and revising them if necessary ensures that your organization’s policies incorporate any changes in relevant legislation and that they continue to reflect best practices in HR management.1

When reviewing your organization’s HR management policies, keep the following questions in mind:2

  • Have there been any changes in legislation that impact this policy?
  • How effective has this policy been since it was implemented?
  • What kinds of feedback have you received about this policy from staff?
  • Is the policy accomplishing what it was created to accomplish?


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.
  2. Step 8: Policy Review and Update,” Developing HR Policies in the HR Council for the Nonprofit Sector’s HR Toolkit.


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