For some, the idea of an employee handbook and policies brings an image of a dusty binder sitting on a shelf. The notion that policies and procedures are set in stone and are restrictive is certainly an outdated concept. In our experience, effective policies and procedures will enable you to operate with greater efficiency and consistency across your business.
Your policies and procedures should be treated as working documents and whilst the core elements are likely to remain the same, it is advisable to carry out a review as your business evolves, to ensure that they are always the best fit for you.
From a HR perspective it’s necessary to review documentation at regular intervals, to ensure that they are still legally compliant and fit the needs of your business. As a minimum we recommend the following are reviewed on an annual basis:
- Employment contracts
- Employee Handbook
- Absence Management Policy
- Disciplinary and Conduct Policy
- Family Friendly Policies
Why is it important to review policies and procedures?
Out of date policies can leave your organisation at risk, as old policies may fail to comply with new laws and regulations. Additionally, they may not address new ways of working which can result in inconsistent practices.
Regularly reviewing policy and procedure documents is especially important for high-risk or highly regulated sectors, such as the construction industry, healthcare, education and more. Whatever your industry we recommend that you regularly review your company’s documents.
If you’d like to talk to us about writing or updating your existing policies, please contact us.