As a small business owner, creating policy can often sound overwhelming. With only a few well chosen employees, policies can seem unnecessary; however, well written policies are the key to consistency and success.
Ensures everybody is on the same page. Policies help employees understand your expectations, and ensure that everybody is being held to the same expectations.
Solidifies company culture. While it is tempting to allow employees freedom to make their own decisions, an employee policy manual establishes guidelines that will enhance productivity and create a feeling of stability.
Allows managers to consistently enforce your wishes and can serve as an internal control method so that managers cannot take free license to make unilateral decisions
Policies you should include: Time Off, Attendance, Dress, Social Media, Cyber Security, and Overtime. Depending on your company's size and product, there are others that could be included such as Payroll Advance, Sick Leave, Work Place Visitor, Pets in the Workplace, etc. (resources.workable.com has a great list of sample templates)
Some policies are required based on legal responsibility, the Equal Employment Opportunity Act and Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act are good examples. They spell out penalties to employers who do not establish and enforce violations of fair employment practices or sexual harassment
Who owns the policies and procedures manual in your company? As a small business owner, it is probably you.
Some questions to ask: