Distracted driving and attendance policies also top causes for concern
In a new BLR Policy Survey, HR professionals identified their organization's social media policy as their most potentially problematic policy in 2013. In addition—or perhaps as a result—HR pros also reported that they are far more likely to update their organization's social media policy by January 2013 than any other workplace policy.
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What HR policies are most problematic?
In the survey of 541 HR professionals, social media policies were identified as being the biggest challenge for 2013, cited by 41.7% of respondents. As per the infographic above, the 2nd most problematic policies for 2013 were cell phones and distracted driving, followed by attendance and punctuality policies. Rounding out the top 5 were computer and internet policies and FMLA policies (both cited by 15.9% of respondents).
What HR polices will be updated?
As noted in the infographic, half (50%) of all respondents planned to update the top problem policy—social media—by January 2013. The other top problem policies—attendance/punctuality and cell phone/distracted driving—also were top candidates for updating in the same time frame. Other policies planned for update were PTO and vacation policies and (again in the top 5 of both lists) computer/internet policies (29.5%)
When are HR policies updated?
As reflected in the inforgraphic, most HR professionals said that their policies are updated on an "as needed" basis. Of those that specified a frequency, most indicated that they updated their policies at least once per year. Far fewer let 2 or more years pass between policy updates. (And fortunately, less than 1% indicated they "Never" update their workplace policies.)
Complementary Social Media, Attendance and Cell Phone Policies
HR.BLR.com subscribers have access to our library of HR policies. We have made the following policies—related to the 3 topics most often cited in the survey as problematic or in need of updating—free for a limited time:
Want more details about the Policy Survey? Results are available on HR.BLR.com for subscribers (and trial members).