If your company is like most, you have a policy handbook. And if your company is like most, your policy handbook has some pretty big gaps.
Many companies don’t think about these four essential policies until after a problem has occurred – and when it does, the lack of a policy makes problems tougher for managers to handle, wit wastes time, and it damages productivity.
Stay ahead of a crisis by implementing policies in these four areas immediately.
Safety policies do two essential things for your company. They protect customers and employees from accident and injury, which can damage both your reputation and your day-to-day productivity. They also protect your company from unnecessary legal entanglements, including premises liability claims and workers’ compensation claims. Create a safety policy tailored to your work environment, train your people on its particulars, and enforce it.
- Device Use
The use of personal phones, tablets, and other devices may pose a distraction for your workers, and increase the risk of confidential, proprietary, or trade secret information leaking out, if your workers are using personal devices for company work. Set clear boundaries around when, where and how device use is appropriate.
- Bullying/Workplace Relationship Management
Most workplace relationship policies are clear as to items like assault, abuse and harassment, but are ill-equipped to deal with bullying – which though sometimes subtle, can be damaging to your team. Clearly define bullying in your policy, and set guidelines that deal with it as strictly as you deal with more overt forms of harm. One bully can decimate a good team, and you don’t want to be left scrambling to find replacement talent.
- Recruitment/Referral Management
Employee referrals can help you build a better team more quickly than nearly any other recruitment method, but they need to be handled appropriately for best results. Consider including a policy in which your employees send referrals to your staffing partner, rather than to their managers. This prevents good referrals from getting lost in the shuffle and allows your recruiter to vet them before alerting you, reducing the time you spend on referrals that won’t pan out.
Implementing company policies will not only protect your organization, but it will also set clear expectations about what is required of your team. If you are struggling with crafting a recruiting and staffing policy, don’t be afraid to turn to a recruiting expert for help.
At TERRA Staffing Group, our recruiters can help you manage employee referrals and find the right people in less time. Contact us today to learn more about our strategic staffing services in Phoenix, Portland and Seattle.
Policies are compiled in the handbook and should be obeyed by the employees to refrain from unnecessary circumstances that could ruin employee relationships and cause work disruption.