8 advantages of having workplace policies

By Charles Power on June 13th, 2017
  1. Workplace Policies

Every business in Australia – no matter which industry it operates in – should have well-documented and comprehensive workplace policies and procedures.

A workplace policy is a set of rules and principles that aims to guide managers and workers in how to behave in the workplace. You can have them in place for numerous different issues – bullying, harassment, internet use, health and safety, and social media are just a few.

Having well-developed policies and procedures can provide the following benefits to your workplace:

  1. They help employees know what is expected of them with respect to standards of behaviour and performance.
  2. They set rules and guidelines for decision-making in routine situations so that employees and managers do not need to continually ask senior managers what to do.
  3. They help you to adopt a consistent and clear response across the company to continually refer to situations involving employee interaction.
  4. They allow you to demonstrate good faith that employees will be treated fairly and equally.
  5. They allow you to have an accepted method of dealing with complaints and misunderstandings in place to help avoid favouritism.
  6. They set a framework for delegation of decision-making.
  7. They give you a means of communicating information to new employees.
  8. They offer you protection from breaches of employment legislation, such as equal opportunity laws.

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But remember: having workplace policies and procedures in place is only valuable if you make sure they are properly implemented and monitored.

Because this is a difficult thing to get right, we’ve dedicated a whole chapter to the subject in the Employment Law Practical Handbook W6 Workplace Policies and Procedures.

It clearly summarises all the legal implications involved with policies and procedures and shows you how you can develop and implement them in your workplace effectively.

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