Employees Will Know Your Policy Is In Practice
Policy is a systematic manner of guiding human activities and achieving rational results. A policy is an officially stated statement of purpose and is formally implemented as a formal process or rule. Usually, policies are formally adopted by an appointing authority within an organization. It may be a general, departmental, or inter-organizational policy.
The procedure of adoption of a policy is often referred to as ‘deciding on policies’. Once adopted, a policy governs the activities of a body or department. It provides for the identification of goals, policies may have relevant, practical impact on organizations, and they establish procedures for their implementation. Also, in determining on policies, the role of the staff and the environment also play important roles.
The need for developing policies arises mainly from organizational needs. Organizations may desire to deal with particular problems, or adhere to a particular code of conduct, or protect the environment. To address these issues organizations adopt policies. A wide variety of policies are formulated for different purposes. Some of them are listed below.
Diversity policy – this policy establishes equality and diversity in the workplace. It may specify that employees, whether hired or promoted, have equal opportunity irrespective of race, gender, age, or religion. A fair employment practice policy – this is another important policy, which ensures that an employee has equal opportunity irrespective of gender, race, age or religion. This also sets out rules and procedures for employment. An harassment policy – this establishes rules and procedures for preventing any physical and verbal harassment against employees, and for providing appropriate penalties for it. It may also specify that an employee who violates the policy faces discipline.
Policy on Procurement – this establishes the procedures for fair employment and procurement. It specifies who may acquire a contract. It also lays down rules for determining who may be qualified to bid for a contract. Policy on Advertising and Marketing – this addresses marketing strategies and forms the basis of organizations’ public relations campaigns. This policy ensures that advertisements are consistent with the interests and goals of the organization. Policy on Insurance – this establishes the rights of the insured and sets standards for collecting and disbursing claims.
A policy establishes an obligation and is legally binding on every employee and member of the staff. The main aim of a policy is to ensure that employees perform their duties and work within the parameters defined by the policy. Therefore, employers must always ensure that they have formulated an effective and rational policy.