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Human Resource Auditing

Preparing for and conducting an internal HR audit across the range of HR policies and procedures to enable the organisation to meet its strategic objectives. By attending this course you will be able to describe the principles of HR audit, apply the principles and practices, identify the contribution of HR and its functions in a context, create an HR audit report and within this organisational action plans for the audits and the recommendations emerging from this.

Turning 'Theory' into 'Practice'?

This course uses a blend of interactive delivery styles to ensure that all delegate learning patterns are catered for; oral, visual & kinaesthetic. Course content will follow a format of: introduction of a topic, underpinned with research, theory and practical examples followed by group/ participant discussion of the topic to explore experience, to aid theoretical understanding and place the topic within the wider process context. Real world case studies and business simulation examples will be used throughout, which will be combined with practical exercises for each topic, leading to delegates having applied theory, discussion, and practice to the whole subject throughout the course. Delegates will complete the course fully equipped with the required practical tools, templates and models to swiftly and confidently implement the learning on return to the workplace.

Who should attend?

This course has been specifically designed for business managers, leaders, HR professionals and internal audit teams engaged in auditing HR, its functions and impact for the benefit of the business as a whole.

Key areas to be covered in the programme and documentation

Experiences and perceptions of being audited
• Getting people’s heads in the right place about audits
• The short and long term benefits of HR
• Why and when to conduct an internal HR audit?
Practical exercise: Series of mini role plays to explain
the reason for audit, to overcome objections and to create
a collaborative environment

The role of the auditor
• The process of auditing step by step
• Prepare for an audit: Useful techniques
• How to be audited – tips for the organisation
• Creating a culture and attitude of audits as tools
for continuous improvement
Practical exercise: Creating an auditor brief and job description

The Contribution of the HR function
• The contribution to legal compliance
• The contribution to added value
• The contribution to competitive advantage
• The impact of HR Management on business performance
Practical exercise: Making the case for the positioning of the audit

Financial and non- financial audits of HR
• Auditing Human Resource Management Systems (HRMS), resource
management, compensation and benefits
• Auditing talent management, training, learning and development,
employee services
• The role of the Balanced Scorecard in auditing HR
Practical Exercise/case study: Aligning HR to the business through
the process of the audit

Evaluating and auditing the HR function
• Approaches to evaluation: comparative, statistical, external
versus internal, compliance
• Methods of evaluation: process versus output criteria
• Types of performance measures
• Evaluation criteria
• Practical methods of evaluation (collecting, collating
and analysing information)
• HR benchmarking
Practical exercise/case study: Analysing by category and then
in the round to identify strengths and areas for improvement

Reporting on the audit
• Drawing conclusions
• Identifying recommendations
• Creating an audit action plan
• Checking validity
• Following-up the audit findings
Practical Exercise: Creating an impactful report for HR
and the wider business

Action Planning
• Identifying and developing a house approach to evaluating
the effectiveness of its own HR function
• Relating this to other internal and external audits. Identifying
common ground
• Identifying the different needs of other internal and external audits
and how these will complement the in-house approach to auditing HR
Practical exercise: Creating individual business focused HR
and personal action plans with regard to internal HR audits

Benefits to you

• Identifying and applying appropriate approaches and techniques to collect and analyse critical HR information
• Learning how such analysis can be used to improve the quality and effectiveness of reporting
• Identifying potential weakness by exposing poor/inadequate policies and procedures and make recommendations
• Preparing for and conducting an internal HR audit across the range of HR policies and procedures in order to enable the organisation to meet its strategic objectives
• Measuring the effectiveness of such procedures to impact the bottom line and the organisation’s strategic objectives
• Influencing HR professional colleagues and managers within the business in order to gain their buy-in to the process and practice of HR audit, and in so doing promote their role as strategic business partners.

Companies already benefiting include:

Duration of Course

2 Day Course

Course details

This course is currently only available as an in-house option. For more information, and a quote, contact our team on +44 (0)20 3002 3057, or by email at

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