Last updated February 2024
This chapter explains how to effectively develop, implement and vary your workplace policies.
What is a workplace policy?
A workplace policy is a set of rules and principles that aims to guide employees’ behaviour in the workplace.
A workplace policy is a form of direction by you to your employees about how they should behave.
An employee is obliged to obey your directions – such as those laid out in a policy – if they are lawful and reasonable. A direction by an employer will be lawful and reasonable if it has sufficient connection with the employee’s role and the work they perform.
An employee’s failure to follow a lawful and reasonable direction will provide you with grounds for dismissal.