When your business expands quickly, it can be hard to stay on top of policy creation and management. Sure, there may be quite a few unwritten rules that employees seem to be aware of and your organization just hasn’t gotten around to putting on paper yet, but those rules tend to cause more confusion than not. Just like the telephone game we played as kids, new rules heard “through the grapevine” are easily not shared correctly, misinterpreted and misunderstood.
Employees need consistent company policies to guide them on their roles and responsibilities, as well as the company’s overarching business principles, ethics and beliefs — for compliance reasons and to ensure a healthy company culture. Written policies and procedures also help protect your company from potential legal action.
Creating written policies may seem like an overwhelming task, especially when you have other HR tasks to manage, but here are a few necessary policies to get you started.