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Operational and Strategic HR Roles to Sustain a Legally Compliant Work Environment

Write a paper comparing the operational and strategic roles of the HR professional in sustaining a legally compliant work environment. Address the following areas:

- Operational Role

Employee advocate
Reducing costs and risks
Role in legal proceedings
Providing functional services

- Strategic Role

Developing a competitive advantage through talent and knowledge management
Aligning HR and HR related programs to support the organization's mission and goals

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The HR executives of an organization are the most important people for ensuring that organization's mission and vision are getting realized and at the same time act as a liaison between the management and employees. HR, through its operational and strategic roles, helps in ensuring a legally compliant work environment. Various roles that HR professionals perform under these two divisions are:


Employee Advocate

The role of HR advocate is a tough role for HR professional. HR, through this role familiarizes itself with employees and their interests. HR works towards employees interests to make them motivated and important in the organization. HR has to ensure that rules and policies of the company are being adhered to avoid any legal proceedings. The tasks involved in fulfilling the employee advocate role are:

- Take regular feedbacks from employees
- Communicate the high level management decisions to employees
- Assist employees when there is a risk of lay-off
- Communicate employees of changes in organizational policies and their impact on employees
- Help in developing corporate culture

Reducing costs and Risks

The effective HR practices can reduce risks and cut costs. It creates a workforce recruitment and development plan that ensures that trained and motivated employees are available in the organization whenever required. HR reduces risk to employees and organization by providing safety and training programs. The safety plan develops an injury prevention plan, prevents heat stress, create hazard communication program, and conduct an ergonomics assessment for repetitive tasks and identify ...

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This solution discusses the operational and strategic roles of the HR professional in 957 words