Employment policies vary from business to business – and in some cases, from manager to manager. While there may be regulations in place, there are several do’s and don’ts that organisations should consider to mitigate the risk of legal woes. It is always recommended that all organisations should have a set of workplace policies to assist with managing employee obligations and to reduce potential liabilities.
It is insufficient for employers to attempt to control the requirements of their employees just by way of their employment contract. Hence, employment policies are essential to provide structure, control, consistency, fairness, and reasonableness. They also ensure compliance with employment legislations and inform employees of their responsibilities and the organisation’s expectations.
There is an increasing diversity of disputes with employees which have considered both the effectiveness and deficiencies of workplace policies. The benefits for implementing effective workplace policies, and ensuring that they are up to date, are significant and numerous.
Such advantages include:
- Clear information to employees regarding the expected standard behaviour and performance at the workplace;
- Consequences of violating the standard policies;
- Reasonable actions against workplace issues such as health and safety, sexual harassment, workplace bullying and anti-discrimination;
- Advantages and benefits provided during the course of the employment; and
- Providing regular trainings to educate employees on the existing policies, information regarding practical requirements of using and returning the organisations resources and the operation of grievance resolution procedures
It is therefore important to understand the policies and procedures that define how an organization operates on a day-to-day basis with respect to its employees.
Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan (L&S), in its endeavour to keep all its clients updated, is organizing a conference call to discuss the impact of HR policies in an organisation, benefits for implementing effective policies and the do’s and don’ts while implementing such policies.
Mr. Neeraj Dubey