What is a Human Resources Audit?

A Human Resources Audit (or HR Audit) is a comprehensive method (or means) to review current human resources policies, procedures, documentation, and systems. This thorough review helps to identify needs for improvement and enhancement of the HR function. In addition, it helps to assess compliance with ever-changing rules and regulations. An Audit involves systematically reviewing all aspects of human resources, usually in a checklist fashion.

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HR Audit areas of review include:

  • Hiring and onboarding
  • Benefits
  • Compensation
  • Performance evaluation process
  • Termination process and exit interviews
  • Job descriptions
  • Form review
  • Personnel file review