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A workplace policy is a set of rules and principles that aims to guide the behaviour of your employees in relation to their work and the workplace. This invaluable set of legally accurate workplace policies will make it easy for you to customise policies that will:

  • inform your employees about what is expected of them, such as behavioural and performance standards;
  • clearly communicate information to new employees;
  • provide rules and guidelines for decision-making in routine situations so that employees do not need to continually ask senior managers;
  • outline a consistent and clear response to situations arising from employee interaction;
  • demonstrate your commitment to ensuring your employees will be treated fairly and equally;
  • provide an acceptable method of dealing with complaints and misunderstandings to help avoid claims of bias and favouritism;
  • outline a clear framework for decision-making; and
  • protect you from legal risk by ensuring that you are better equipped to defend employee claims of breached employment legislation.

Make sure your employees are inducted, trained, and competent in your policy – they need to have access to the policy and be regularly re-trained in it to ensure its effectiveness.

To some extent, the type and size of your business will determine which policies you need to have in place. For example, you will not be able to justify a system of contact officers for a bullying policy if you are a small business, or if a number of your employees usually work on the road, away from head office.

However, your business should at least have well-developed versions of the following policies:

  • Code of Conduct;
  • Confidential Information Policy;
  • Drug and Alcohol Policy;
  • Anti-discrimination and Sexual Harassment Policy;
  • Internet and Email Usage Policy;
  • Performance Review Policy;
  • Privacy Policy;
  • Social Media Policy;
  • Workplace Bullying Policy; and
  • Workplace Health and Safety Policy.

While most policies are in writing, they may also exist as an unwritten rule, custom or practice. However, it is a good idea to avoid uncertainty by implementing a written policy.

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