Your policies reflect you culture.
Workplace policies should establish expectations that employers have for employee behavior. They should clearly communication to employees how they are expected to act and perform their duties. A primary reason policies are needed is to create some level of uniformity in employee rights and responsibilities. Without clear policy direction, employees tend to have varying personal standards. Policies can prevent internal conflict in situations where employee discretion leads to different interpretations of proper conduct. In short, because they instill norms and values, policies are critical in shaping the overall culture of the workplace.
WORKPLACE POLICY ARTICLES
You’re at your desk, removing your jacket as the early afternoon sunshine pours into your office, when several employees knock on your door, requesting a brief meeting. You invite them in. The last to enter slowly shuts the door while peaking back at a corner cubicle.
The group informs you that Jerry, a reliable and hard-working employee, has begun to exhibit bad hygiene and grooming. His hair is unkempt, his breath is foul, and his body odor is noticeably pungent to the employees seated around him.
Recycling is not a new concept, but the ways in which we can recycle are increasing faster than ever. Everything from printer toner to food waste can now be properly reused, recycled, or composted. Recycling in the office just takes a little extra encouragement and dedication. Here are some simple suggestions to keep your HR office green:
We have good reason to suspect an employee has been stealing money from work. How should we respond?
Consider suspending this employee and conducting an internal investigation. You may also want to report the theft to law enforcement depending on the circumstances.
Are we allowed to look through an employee's email while they are still employed?
The short answer is yes, you can monitor employee email. As a general rule, employees should not have an expectation of privacy when using company computers or email accounts. That said, the law is not perfectly cut and dry, so you should have both a legitimate business reason for doing so and a policy that puts employees on notice that you do – or could – review their email.
Some managers have been continually talking about politics in the office, not taking into consideration anyone else's political backgrounds and beliefs. It gets offensive at times, but employees are afraid to say anything. Any advice on how this can be handled?
What kind of dress code should you have? The answer to that question may come down to the kind of company culture you have or want to have.
There’s no universally-applicable dress code for successful businesses. And what works fabulously in one office might prove distracting in the next. Some employers avoid restrictive appearance policies because they can negatively affect morale and may drive away impressive job candidates.
Data pirating is a fact of life. Regardless of the device you are on or browser and email software you use, if you are online, someone is out there prowling for your personal information. If they get it, they can wreak all kinds of havoc. Businesses and clients alike are both victims of constantly escalating digital attacks. Businesses are the stewards of client and employee data and the employees must be careful not to compromise their company's security systems. It's a never-ending struggle.
Chances are most of your employees are on social media, and some of them may be using their private accounts to say things about their employment. Frustrated employees might even be complaining about their working conditions – or about you.
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