Human resource policies are established by organizations in order to govern the human capital that works for an organization. Every individual company usually creates its own human resource code based upon both internal and external factors that influence the company.
Human resource policies help organizations regulate the interactions between employees and the interactions between employees and the company as a whole. The policy can include: what employees expect to receive from the company (and vice-versa), what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior, and the consequences if rules are broken. The policies of a company are constantly changing as organizations expand and contract. Policies are also changed and manipulated as companies become international entities.
Additionally, human resource policy can be very specific or general. An example of a specific code might be a dress code, where employees are told what is and what is not acceptable to wear in the work environment. An example of a general code might be the hiring policy enforced by an organization that encompasses all company positions.