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hello, I work for an IT firm as an HR trainee, I want to know what is the difference between employee handbook and HR policies.
From India
Employee Handbook and HR Policies are similar to some extent.
In Employee Handbook the Vision/Mission Statement, and all policies related to employees are mentioned, i.e. Leave Policy, Code of Conduct, Employee Grooming, etc.
In HR Polices it includes all policies related to HR Department i.e. HR Strategies, Selection Process/procedure, Appointment /confirmation / Termination / resignation /PROCEDURES/PROCESS, Induction Process, Orientation Process, Training & development of the employees, Performance Appraisals etc.
This purely does not mean that policies of Employee Handbook cannot be considered as HR Policies.
Seniors please advise

From India, Ahmadabad
Dear Sir,
HR Policies are in detail.
HR Hand Book contains brief details about HR Policy to know the employees after joining what the benefits they are eligible for.
D.Gurumurthy
HR & IR Consultant,
Hyderabad.

From India, Hyderabad
Dear Nitish,

An Emloyee hand book belongs to some General unchangeble HR norms and some Organisational HR Policies. But, HR Policies do not belong to a particular hand book. HR Policies are based on logic and justifications. But, Employee hand book can be modified according to the changing need of the Organisation subject to without negleting the HR ethics.

I can understand your question and the reason of your question. See, every Organisation prefer to mention the points those are in favour of the Organisation.I mean the points those can grip the Employee. In fact, it is not possible to define everything related to each subject. There are some diplomatic HR points, which can not be mantioned in a Hand book. E general points, includes:

Selection procedure

Appointment and tormination policy

Promotion and incriment principles

Attendance, Salary, Leaves, public holidays of the particular period

Salary heads, Bonus, Gratuty,

Probation, Job confirmation, Notice period

Some tips on Safety and Personnel hygine

Procedure of performance evaluation

Penalties

Departmentwise SOP

HODs and Employees details of the particular period

Some positive and Productive tips

Something about the Organisation and Physical descriptions

Quality policy and ambition

Products and Clints

And some internal Administrative policies

And everything related to the Organisation, which should be known to Employees

From India
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