8 advantages of having workplace policies and procedures
Every business in Australia – no matter which industry it operates in – should have well-documented and comprehensive workplace policies and procedures.
Having well-developed policies and procedures can provide the following benefits to your workplace:
- They help employees know what is expected of them with respect to standards of behaviour and performance.
- 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.
- They help you to adopt a consistent and clear response across the company to continually refer to situations involving employee interaction.
- They allow you to demonstrate good faith that employees will be treated fairly and equally.
- They allow you to have an accepted method of dealing with complaints and misunderstandings in place to help avoid favouritism.
- They set a framework for delegation of decision-making.
- They give you a means of communicating information to new employees.
- They offer you protection from breaches of employment legislation, such as equal opportunity laws
But remember: having workplace policies and procedures in place is only valuable if you make sure they are properly implemented and monitored.
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