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The Importance of Conducting an Audit of HR

The importance of conducting an audit of HR


You need to trust that your management team and HR professional are doing the job, but at the same time verification is essential. Just as you audit accounting on a regular basis, audit your HR function. The stakes are too high to just assume everything is complying with regulations.

The audit can be as specific or comprehensive as you need to feel comfortable. You can complete an audit yourself, or hire outside professionals to handle the audit. On the pages that follow, we provide a standard HR Audit checklist. Often organizations and HR professionals use this as an exercise to benchmark against best practices and determine if processes have slipped. Use this as a tool to identify where you are complying and where there are opportunities for improvement.

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How do I get it done?

There are multiple options when considering external professionals to conduct the assessment. Labor attorneys and human resources consultants typically offer this service. You can also find resources by inquiring with your payroll and employee benefit vendors. If you do choose to work with an employment attorney to conduct your assessment, ensure that they are a legal expert that spends most of their time in employment matters. A general corporate attorney who advises you on employee issues may conduct the audit, but generally doesn’t have the depth of knowledge of human resources to give practical advice or solutions. HR consultants are an excellent resource for assessments. To learn my 7 steps to completing your own assessment, click here!

What is the outcome of an assessment or audit?

You should walk away from the process with an understanding of risks the organization may have in areas of compliance. There should also be an expectation from the person responsible to provide action items for the next 3 – 12 of HR activities that will improve the overall function in your organization. Hold your team accountable to using the process to move HR in a direction that is aligned with your risk tolerance and culture.

The preceding is an excerpt from Lori’s new book HR Hacks!

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  1. The article above says, “on the pages that follow, we provide a stand HR Audit checklist”. Please help me with access the checklist, as I have not be able to locate it. Thank you.

  2. Please Send me the hr audit list

  3. Hi Cheryl,
    So glad you enjoyed the article. The checklist is sent to people when they sign up to receive the blog. If you’d like to send me your email address I’ll be happy to send on to you. You can send it to me privately at

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