I was the first to realize that everyone is responsible for their actions. We have a professional organization for human resources that has set an ethical standard. Our profession sets high standards, and we should be accountable for our actions.
The reader may take the notion that each of us is responsible for our actions off the table. It’s all too obvious!
We are still responsible. Each department in an organization is responsible for another entity. We all have to answer to someone, whether the president to shareholders or the finance department to the auditors. We are all accountable for human resources on multiple levels.
Some HR departments may be audited from a technical perspective. An internal auditor may conduct an audit in large organizations. If your company uses outside auditors, another party could conduct an audit.
Government agencies might audit human resources to verify compliance with laws and correct completion of employee documents. One example is the I-9.
To hold myself accountable internally, I have also worked with companies that employ consultants.
This does not include that employees are held responsible for their actions, such as investigating and investigating concerns, keeping confidential information private, and being available for career discussions.
It doesn’t account for senior management is responsible for understanding the business and contributing to the operation.