Setting the HR Standards
As Human Resources operates and is responsible for the human capital in the whole organization, it is also responsible for setting the HR Standards for the managers. They do not like it, but they have to respect this role of Human Resources. The managers fight against HR Standards, but they respect them. Usually.
The HR Standards are about the expected HR minimum, when the managers decide about the next steps in the people management area. The manager has to follow the HR Standards, when the new employee is about being hired, when the manager wants to make the organizational change or when the manager wants to make the employee redundant.
The HR Standards protect the organization against the lawsuits and they bring the unification across the whole organization as the employees from different units see the same approach of the managers.
Human Resources set the HR Standards and it has to push the managers to follow them in the important decisions about their teams. Human Resources has to ask the managers to consult the decisions in the HR area as the HR Standards are followed.
Human Resources cannot expect the managers to know and understand all the HR Standards, but the HR employees have to be able to provide the exact interpretation of the HR Standard when they are asked to do so. And the interpretation of the HR Standard has to be same all the time. This is not a simple task as HR employees tend to work on their own and they tend to find a pragmatic solution to the topic, but they have to respect the HR Standards.
HR Standards are a standard face of Human Resources in the organization. The HR Standards have to provide enough space to manager to navigate, but they have to seem aligned across the organization. Not a simple task for Human Resources.