Your employment manuals could be doing more harm that good. How? Consider the following:
- Writing a policy you will never enforce. This creates liability issues for your company and casts doubt on your intentions and the validity of other policies.
- Writing a policy to cover every contingency. The more complex and detailed a policy is, the less likely it is to be effective.
- Writing policy that no one understands. It’s hard for employees to follow policies that are so detailed and complex that employees don’t know what they mean.
- Trying to be all things to all people. Workers appreciate clear, concise, and pragmatic policies more than open-ending promises of being treated like family.
Policy development can be challenging and complex. Be clear and consistent, and your policies are more likely to be effective.