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6 Well-Organized Business Policies That Your Small Business Must Have

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Every business must have a well-structured policy to govern their regular business operations as well as protect their employees and their business from any outside threats. A small business is no different either.

If you don’t have a structured and organized business policy in your company, you should consider looking it up ASAP to get benefited in the long run. This list can come in handy for you in that endeavor of yours.

1. Workplace code of conduct

This is very important for you to keep a professional attitude in your workplace. Your workplace code of conduct should be designed legally and ethically based on the best interest of your company and your employees.

A well-structured business code of conduct helps your employees deal with different ethical situations accordingly. It helps to direct employees as to how to relate to one another, business clients and other networks. So do consider setting it up wisely.

2. Proper disciplinary policies

A well-disciplined workplace is a productive workplace.

I am definitely not asking you to implement a cold, formal and strict disciplinary policy in workplace. Things like that will do you more harm than good to be honest. I am just asking you to put a balance between the formal and informal life and chalk out a structured disciplinary policy for the benefit of your organization.

These things can range from professional attire to the maintenance of working hours. A professional human resource manager can help you more in this aspect.

3. E-mailing policies

E-mail is usually the staple mode of professional communication in any businesses. You should consider bringing in a professional HR policy based on business and personal email usage in workplaces especially on office owned devices.

Things like these can safeguard a whole lot of confidential data falling into wrong hands. Take steps today for a better tomorrow.

4. Safety policy

A safe workplace is a productive workplace. It also makes your employees realize the fact that you actually do care about them equally from the very top management to the very bottom.

A workplace safety policy can also act as a form of blessing in special circumstances. Accidents come in any form and in most cases; you can’t even predict the occurrence. The most you can do is to stay prepared for it.

A well-organized workplace safety policy is the first step to keeping emergencies such as fire at bay. Do note that many businesses don’t recover fully from a disaster to the way they used to be at the start. So take the steps today for a better tomorrow.

5. Social media policies

Businesses must follow a strict protocol on the use of social media on workplace desktops and laptops. A certain degree of flexibility can be observed in this case depending on the circumstances but they must ensure that the fact that employees don’t spend a huge amount of time on social media especially during their allotted working hours.

A policy of confidentiality also needs to be observed as well. Businesses should see that employees do not post confidential business data on their personal social media platforms that might be derogatory from the point of view of the company.

6. Clean and green policy

Many businesses are quite serious about their “environmental policies.” I personally know a few where they refuse to give their customers printed invoices because they put a whole lot of value on their “saving paper” policy (they give them soft copies tough).

I am not saying that that’s necessarily a bad thing; in fact, that’s a good thing to be honest. If you adopt an environment friendly policy in your organization, you must realize that you’ll be doing the earth a favor through your “clean and green policy” which is commendable indeed.

But always remember that charity begins at home. If your business model is based on an environmental friendly policy, you need to adopt the same policy in your workplace. A well-organized policy is the way to go.

Before signing off, I would like to say one more thing that if you want your make your policies sound too credible in your workplace, you must implement them IN WRITING. Otherwise, it would cease to have any form of meaning.

That’s all for now then folks. Hope this list came in handy for you. Ciao!

 

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Katie Smith is a fire expert and her areas of interests and expertise include forensic science and accident or crime scene investigation related matters. She is associated with Auto Fire & Safety Consultant and often conducts fire investigation in Houston. Blogging is her hobby and she is also a consultant blogger, having well-accepted write-ups on a wide range of topics, such as general safety, security and safety equipment.
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