Workplace rules. Workplace policies. Most businesses have them; the majority of us follow them. They are necessary. Think about it, if they didn't exist we'd be in a constant state of chaos. One of the many responsibilities employers face is creating workplace rules and policies. Handbook policies are an organizations friend - they help protect against lawsuits and make your business a safe, pleasant and ethical environment. Rules and policies are designed to ensure certain guidelines are followed and employees are protected. Depending on the nature of your business, you can use examples set by other companies or create your own protocols for employees to follow.
Business rules and policies should cover legal ground, be equal, fair and consistently applied throughout your organization. They also help maintain and improve employee relations. It's also a good idea to incorporate employment laws into your guidelines, and make sure every employee receives a copy and is familiar with what is expected of them.
When it comes to your “handbook,” remember changes occur over time. Rules and policies which were created 10 years ago may not be legal now or fit your business structure today. Take an in-depth look at your guidelines on an annual basis at a minimum. Making a change to your rules and policies can require considerable time and planning. If a situation or change in law warrants a modification to your guidelines, make sure it is updated and sent to all employees immediately. Whether you're making major or minor policy changes, management must be well prepared to answer questions and communicate information properly to ensure a smooth transition.
If you need to create a “handbook” policy for your business or would simply like a refresher, read this informative and simple article.