Get in control with the right workplace policies.
Workplace policies (sometimes located in an Employee Handbook) are written statements that clarify to all employees the expected standards of behaviour and performance.
No matter the size of the workplace, it’s important for all employers to cover off the standards and expectations for topics such as:
- Counselling and Discipline
- Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination
- Workplace Health and Safety
- Drugs and Alcohol
- Leave; and
- Internal, Email and Social Media
The benefits of implementing sound policies are plentiful. Where clear policies are in place, employees better understand what is acceptable and unacceptable in the workplace and this helps create a more informed and effective workforce. For example, a Code of Conduct will outline the standards of conduct that are required while working for the employer.
Workplace policies can also play an important role in the event an employee raises a legal dispute against the employer. For example, where the employer has a well communicated workplace policy about the disputed issue, the employer is likely to be in a stronger position before a court or tribunal. This is because they will be able to prove what the workplace standard is and that the employee knew the standard expected.
Policies can also help to set the rules and guidelines for decision making for a range of standard workplace situations. For example, a Grievances Policy will set out the company process for complaint handling, and specifically who employees should contact for enquiries about the policy or who to contact to make a formal complaint. Having such guidelines in place reduces the need for employees to continually ask management the same questions as the answers will be outlined in the policy.
And importantly, for consistency. A positive workplace culture grows on the back of consistent and clear workplace practices. Workplaces with inconsistent processes and haphazard decision making often find the internal culture is toxic or unproductive as inconsistency breeds feelings of unfairness, distrust, unnecessary competition and frustration which all hinder good performance.
We don’t recommend off the shelf products.
Industryus HR offers two options depending on the size of the workplace; tailored employee handbooks for smaller SMEs and specifically drafted policies with processes for larger SMEs where more detail is required. Unlike off the shelf products, our policies are personalised. Included in the package fee is advice on how to successfully and compliantly introduce new workplace policies to staff.
Contact us to arrange a free consultation about which policy format might be most suited to your workplace.