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Posted: 4th February 2021
We have just re-written our entire suite of HR policies to better reflect our culture and new legal requirements. We now need to roll them out to staff (UK and overseas offices) and ensure that managers know and understand their role in implementing relevant policies. Can anyone share any guidance on effective ways to communicate / roll out a portfolio of new HR policies? Thanks.
It’s great that you’ve been able to make all your policies reflective of your culture! Here are a couple of suggestions:
– If you haven’t already create a culture handbook (example here) that highlights the best bits of all your work (Let’s be realistic, no one will look or read the policies unless they need them for a specific reason).
– Share the culture handbook on your internal comms hub and make some noise about anything have you introduced some new perk or changed or done away with some pointless process/policy? You could create a campaign around ‘Did you know that we have introduced/changed….?’
– Try and get a senior leader to mention/comment/ start a new discussion about why they like it – so that it doesn’t feel like a HR initiative.
– Perhaps offer a prize or get a competition going on something that you’ve changed to draw attention to it (we love the IBM example where they asked their people to come up with a name for their new approach to Performance Management).
– For managers have you considered a ‘leaders guide’ so that they know what’s important about the changes and what it means for them – particularly if you’ve streamlined your handbook to have less policy and rules? An example of one is here . You might need to highlight before and after so that they can easily see the new changes.
– Supplement the leaders guide with some online clinics that they can dial into to find out more/ask questions facilitated by HR.
Good luck and let us know how it goes!
Disruptive HR Team
Great advice and some very useful tips. Thanks so much.
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