Company policies lay the foundation on which employment expectations are formed, and thus, workplace actions are taken. A missing phrase here, an undefined term there can spell policy disaster.
There's no time like the present to audit your organization's policy handbook. While it's unlikely the handbook needs a total rewrite, you might find that it could use a little fine-tuning. Start by checking that your organization's policies don't fall into the four policy writing traps discussed below.
Then learn from your colleagues' mistakes, as Jim Collison, president of Employers of America, Inc., who has been writing and critiquingsince 1981, highlights real-life policy writing blunders and offers advice on how to avoid making those same mistakes.
Mistake #1: Disclaimers That Are Too Few And Far Between
Some employers mistakenly believe that adding a single disclaimer to an employee pol...(register to read more)