Time and again we all hear of companies and businesses that have run into serious problems. Things like data leaks, unfair treatment of employees and endangerment of staff are all too apparent. The cause of such issues are often dismissed as a lack of common sense. An easy criticism with hindsight, but people are often puzzled, confused or just unaware as to how they should interact and behave within a business sphere of operation at the time.
If you control personal data – do you have a Data Protection Policy?
Do you have a Health & Safety at Work Policy?
The list goes on and at
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1. Policies and Procedures keep
operations tidy and should bring about a streamlined system.
When everyone is following policies and procedures, your business should certainly run more smoothly, avoiding unwanted scenarios. Policies help workers to know where they stand – what to do and what not to do. Any errors or mistakes are more easily identified and hopefully capable of being reversed. A decent set of policies and procedures helps avoid ‘blame culture’ which of course is most unhealthy for both the business and its staff.
We all know that efficiently run businesses will perform better financially. If your staff follow policies and procedures, your business will use time and resources more efficiently which in turn helps growth.
Employees also gain from
consistency – the ‘known’ rather than the ‘unknown’. Expectations are clear and
non-performing employees are more easily identified and can be retrained or
removed. Certainly, you will experience a healthier and happier workplace.
When procedures are followed,
employees find tasks more manageable which creates better results. This
reflects in a better output for your business regardless of the product or
service it offers. This in turn enhances the reputation of your business which
creates the nice to have snowball effect.
A decent set of Health & Safety related policies and procedures can also improve the workplace
environment, resulting in fewer accidents and incidents. Clearly this has
superb knock on effects for your business as it will reduce your liability and
help maintain operational consistency without interruptions. Employees are
bound to be happier working in a safer environment. You might also consider an
Environmental or Equal Opportunities Policy.
4. A more efficient HR regime
Not only can under-performing
staff be more easily identifiable with policies and procedures in place, if the decision
is made to remove individuals it can be a lot more straightforward to do with a set
of HR Policies and procedures in place. As staff expectations are there to see,
any failure to adhere to these can be remedied lawfully, reducing the risk of
tribunal costs. Have you ever considered a Flexible Working Policy especially
given the working from home trend at the moment?
Policies and procedures which are adhered to can reduce the risk of regulatory intervention – think of
b) The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) vs a robust compliant
Health and Safety Policy.
Once they have been approved by management, publish them somewhere accessible e.g. a staff website, policy book, periodical, even a noticeboard! If a policy is technical or complex, why not introduce some training? It is important for each member of staff to fully understand where they stand!
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