Thursday, July 12, 2012

8 General Human Resources Policies

Everyone knows about those major human resources policies that employees must follow. It’s basically a no-brainer that it’s unethical to steal office equipment, or something like that. Yet sometimes it’s the little things that can really get you in trouble.

So much for not sweating the small stuff.

In his book “Managing a Nonprofit Organization,” Thomas Wolf wrote that the little details relating to day-to-day work life should be properly spelled out to employees. Some of these relate specifically to in-office procedures, while some are more general.

Wolf listed eight examples of these policies that you should include in your employee conduct manual:

  • Specific rules about how the staff is authorized to make purchases.
  • Guidelines governing travel (such as per-diem limits, times when air travel is permitted, and mileage reimbursement rates).
  • Controls on personal use of the office telephone.
  • Rules governing the use and care of office equipment.
  • Limits placed on the organization’s liability for personal property left on the premises.
  • Guidelines governing outside work, such as whether the employer has first refusal on publications and whether the organization permits leaves of absences to do outside jobs.
  • Intellectual property and confidentiality issues.
  • Policies regarding working hours and conditions that address regular office working hours, flextime or overtime arrangements, and overtime compensation.

1 comment:

Chuck Stevens said...

I think the last point about work times, hours, ect is extremely important! I run a small business and have been having a hard time getting my employees to show up on time and not leave early. I am on the road a lot meeting with new clients so often I am not in the office. I recently installed an attendance tracking software. The employees that are always on time love it because they finally get recognized for always being punctual. For the ones that aren't always here or are leaving early- they either improve quickly or aren't with us for much longer.