Putting people first

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If an organisation’s greatest asset is its people, it makes sense that putting people at the heart of its operations is a recipe for success. A new series of ISO standards aims to help not only improve the recruitment process, but improve businesses through better human resource processes. 

Studies show that a high-performing human resources (HR) department, with effective people management and recruitment, is linked to greater economic performance of the organisation and plays a key role in instilling company values throughout the workforce. 

ISO’s new range of international standards for human resources aims to help HR departments improve their performance and, ultimately, improve the performance of the organisation in which they work. 

ISO 30405:2016 Human resource management – Guidelines on recruitment provides guidance on effective recruitment processes and procedures, and can be used by anyone involved in recruiting staff, whether they be HR professionals or not. 

ISO 30408:2016 Human resource management – Guidelines on human governance, provides the guidelines to structure an effective human governance system that is able to respond more effectively to organisational and operational needs but also foster increased collaboration across all stakeholders, anticipate and manage human resource risks, and develop a company culture that is aligned with its values. 

ISO 30409:2016 Human resource management – Workforce planning helps organisations respond more effectively to their current and projected requirements for staff, while ISO 30400:2016 Human resource management – Vocabulary provides a common understanding of the fundamental terms used in human resource management standards. 

The standards were developed by ISO technical committee ISO/TC 260, Human resource management, whose secretariat is held by ANSI, ISO’s member for the USA. Committee chair James Lewis said improving HR performance is not just about staffing, but about aligning the values of an organisation throughout and taking all stakeholders into account.

'Organisations that put their people at the centre of their decisions tend to perform better as there is a clear company culture and staff are more content. The HR function has enormous potential to support the strategic goals of a company by developing talent, aligning organisational values, and shaping culture and behaviour. These standards can help anyone involved in an HR function – whatever their background and company size – establish, maintain, and continually improve effective recruitment and governance processes.' 

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