HR Standards


HR Management Standards

Implementing the Standards

It is unrealistic, and it is not expected that organizations can achieve all of the Standards immediately. The Standards have been developed to help organizations improve their overall human resource management processes over the long term. Organizations will need to determine in what ways they can achieve the Standards given their current operations and available resources.

You can complete the Self-Assessment to identify which Standards your organization may already be meeting and where there could be gaps.

The following steps are suggested to help organizations move towards achieving and maintaining the Standards:

    1. Identify who needs to be involved in assessing existing policies and practices and developing plans to address gaps between the current reality and the Standards.

      Typically this would include senior staff in the organization (in small organizations all staff could be included) as well as members of the organization’s governing authority.

      The purpose is to create awareness of the importance of HR policies and practices and how the Standards can support the organization in establishing appropriate policies. This will also ensure individuals are aware of changes in HR management policies and practices and provide support throughout implementation.


    2. Assess your organization’s current policies and practices against the Standards by:

      Reviewing current HR management policies and practices compared to the Standards to identify gaps.

      Identifying those Standards that are critical to the organization’s current operations. For example, if the organization is experiencing a period of growth and is hiring additional staff, the focus could be on Standards pertaining to Theme 2 – Getting the Right People.

      The Self-Assessment can help you to determine where gaps exist in your organization’s HR management policies and practices.


    3. Develop a one-year plan that targets the Standards your organization plans to implement.

      For example, if your organization currently has no job descriptions for any positions, it may be realistic to accomplish only this Standard. However if job descriptions already exist, but they have not been reviewed recently, this Standard, along with others, may be a more appropriate objective.

      In developing a plan be sure to include time or resources required for developing staff skills related to the Standard – for example staff may need to be trained in developing job descriptions.

      Upon completion, target new Standards to implement.


    4. Communicate your organization’s commitment to the Standards with the appropriate target audiences.

      The goal of implementing the Standards is to support the development of effective organizations. By making target audiences aware that you have made a commitment to achieving standards you can demonstrate your commitment to this goal.

      Develop clear messaging that presents the impact that the Standards have on your organization, the changes that have been made and the reasons why you are aiming to achieve these Standards.

      Target audiences may include your organization’s staff, board of directors, donors, funders, partner organizations, clients and the broader community. Keep in mind that you may need to adapt your message to suit each particular audience.