How well do your employees understand the purpose of your organization’s policies and procedures? Do they see it as an inconvenience or a necessary evil? Or as a body of shared policy meant to protect and strengthen the organization as a whole? From top management to the most junior executives, your employees should see and champion the understanding that company policies serve important values and purposes, and can guide decisions and change behavior.
If your employee’s perceptions of the values of your workplace policies are not where you feel they should be, you may want to realign their understanding of all the values & purposes of all the policies & procedures in your organization. As a venue and channel of communication, you can consider revamping your company’s employee handbook and redistributing them to your employees, both new and old.
These are the top 10 core purposes and values of policies. Re-customize them to match your culture and organization-lingo!
Purpose & Value Of Policies: Organizations Have Policies in Place To Help:
- Convey the organization’s mission and enable the execution of its strategy
- Ensure employees clearly understand expectations and consequences for misconduct
- Influence employee behavior and support ethical, compliant decision-making
- Create a positive and respectful workplace and organizational culture
- Foster credibility and trust with customers and business partners
- Improve productivity and business performance
- Meet all legal standards required to operate
- Protect the organization’s people, reputation and bottom line
- Avoid litigation and mitigate risk
- Prevent, detect and respond to criminal conduct
Employees who understand policies – and see them being consistently and efficiently enforced, know that their organizations are firm in their attitude towards their policies and are both stringent about protecting their employee’s rights and personal safety, and at the same time, ready to make clear the consequences of violations- will adhere to rules better.
It is critical that the management set a good example from the top about the values and importance of abiding by company policies. Clear, consistent messaging from management, as well as comprehensive employee training during the Onboarding period, and continuing education are essential in creating a robust, effective culture of compliance.
Still need help?
For a deeper understanding of how to effectively and efficiently manage your organization’s employee handbook, code of conduct, and policies and procedures, come learn with us! Aventis Learning Group is conducting a one day workshop to help organizations effectively and painlessly develop organization policy manuals.
Developing an Effective Employee Handbook