Policies & Procedures

The Importance of Having Clear HR Policies and Procedures

They may sound boring but HR policies and procedures are important. They provide structure, control, consistency and fairness. Having clear policies and procedures helps to avoid misunderstandings between you and your employees. Plus, they give your employees something useful to read while waiting for the eBay auction for the limited edition Wookie to finish. On any view it’s money well spent. 

Creating specific policies and procedures for your company is a must to do legally, but this is not just a boring responsibility — it helps your business a lot as well. Some of the benefits are as follows:

HR policies and procedures set employee and employer expectations

Policies and procedures serve as the ultimate guideline for you and your employees on what you should expect from each other while working for the company. It provides a clear communication between each other regarding employment.

HR policies and procedures protect your company from legal issue

Because policies and procedures help when it comes to identifying the responsibilities of the employer to the employees, there would be less misunderstanding along the way and you as the owner would also know what you should and shouldn’t do in order to respect your employers’ rights. Policies and procedures basically draw the line in many aspects of employment, depending on what is stated there. Want to avoid pesky legal issues along the road? Create well-written HR policies and procedures to be followed by the company.

HR policies and procedures help your company when it comes to decision-making

With policies and procedures set in place, whenever a critical situation arises at work, you wouldn’t have to worry about it very much. You would just need to look at these rules as they would serve as a guiding point to know the right approach in a given situation. This saves you a lot of hassle and makes the whole decision-making process fast and efficient.

HR policies and procedures might deal with these and more:

  • Acceptance of gifts
  • Anti-bullying & Anti-harassment
  • Anti-money laundering
  • Code of Conduct
  • Communication & Media
  • Data protection
  • Drug and alcohol
  • Environment Policy
  • Equal Employment Opportunity
  • Grievance
  • Leave provisions
  • Privacy
  • Procurement
  • Redundancy
  • Rules around tendering
  • Salary & Benefits
  • Standards of business conduct
  • Terms & Conditions
  • Travel
  • Use of email, internet and social media
  • Whistleblowing
  • Working from home
  • Workplace health & safety

Every business should also make sure that the policies and procedures in place are appropriate in their business, that it addresses real concerns and that the company will have the skills and the resources necessary to implement these rules. There are also several rules that are required to be implemented by the company in order to comply with legal requirements. This might vary depending on the location, size or type of company that you have.

Let Lodestar Legal Streamline the Process for You

Now, knowing the importance of policies is way different from actually creating one, and it’s a lot of hassle and effort, especially if you don’t know where to start. If you want a team of lawyers with a good experience when it comes to drafting and polishing HR policies for Australian businesses big or small, Lodestar Legal is for you. Contact us to be aware of important HR policies you should set in place and work with us to ensure that these policies are comprehensive, consistent, well-documented and implemented. You can also contact us if your company needs assistance when it comes to claims and other legal issues you may be facing.

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