Tips for Writing an Employee Policy Manual
By June Campbell
Do your employees understand what's expected of them in any given situation?
More importantly, do YOU know what you expect of your employees in a given situation?
Take the following scenario:
A journalist from your local newspaper phones your office wanting an interview regarding a charity benefit that your business is supporting. You are not available, so the employee who answered the phone gives the interview.
Is this okay with you? Are your employees authorized to give interviews to the media? All of your employees or just certain ones? Can they give interviews without clearing it with you first? In what situations? Do they know what to say and what not to say in an interview? Do you require a written or verbal report following an interview?
If you have an Employee Policy Manual, that's just one of the many topics that you will have addressed.
Regardless of the size of your business, the Employee Policy Manual is an essential management tool that communicates your rules and expectations to employees. Management consultants tell us that the Employee Policy Manual is created to ensure consistency and to establish methods that the employer will use to address an array of issues. A good Employee Policy Manual will not only cover issues like media contact, but will address the more important issues of employment, health and safety in the workplace and employee theft.
Although the contents of the Employee Policy Manual will differ from business to business, all should contain the following main sections:
By having an Employee Policy Manual in place, employers are taking a proactive stand, rather than reacting to a negative situation when it occurs. The Employee Policy Manual should be required reading for all new employees, as well as for existing employees when any substantive change has been made.Interested in publishing this article in your ezine, website or print publication? This article is available for your use provided you include the info box below and use a live, DO FOLLOW link to this site.
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