Many small businesses understand the importance and value of having policies and procedures in place, while some small businesses see having formal policies and procedures as a process that is too “corporate” or “stuffy” for their organizations.
Putting guidelines in place is the best way to eliminate any misunderstandings that may arise between employees and management because of a lack of understanding of management expectations.
Clearly written policies will also go along way when addressing issues such as inappropriate behavior, or poor performance.
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Employee policies do not need to be long or complicated tomes. A few clearly written sentences that highlight your expectations is all that you need.
Although there are many policies that may be part of a company’s employee manual, there are nine employee policies that are important policies for any small business:
- Probationary Period
- Confidentiality Policy
- Time Away From Work
- Use and Access of Company Property
- Internet and Social Media Use in the Workplace
- Telecommuting Policy
- Workplace Behavior
- Disciplinary Policy
- Termination Policy
Bottom line: whether you have 1 employee or 100’s of employees, you need to have clearly written guidelines for your employees.
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