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Are you interested in growing your business while enhancing your employees ability to deliver consistent, high caliber service without dramatically increasing the burden of employee management responsibilities on you? If so, we recommend you take several minutes to read on and acquaint yourself with the importance and benefits of written, well-defined Policies Procedures! why is this important to you? Simply put, well-written policies and procedures allow employees to clearly understand their roles and responsibilities within predefined limits. Basically, policies and procedures allow management to guide operations without constant management intervention. And constant intervention equates to increase operating expenses that ultimately detract from your companys profitability. So ask yourselfWhat condition are my companys written policies and procedures in? Oh, you say you dont have written policies and
procedures. Fear not, its never too late to take advantage of tools and techniques many of your competitors have, and are using successfully to grow their business and market share. In order to understand why policies and procedures are so important we need to know what they are, and the differences between them. What is a Policy? A Policy is a predetermined course of action, which is established to provide a guide toward accepted business strategies and objectives. In other words, it is a direct link between an organizations Vision and their day-to-day operations. Policies identify the key activities and provide a general strategy to decision-makers on how to handle issues as they arise.

This is accomplished by providing the reader with limits and a choice of alternatives that can be used to guide their decision making process as they attempt to overcome problems. I like to think of policies as a globe where national boundaries, oceans, mountain ranges and other major features are easily identified. What is a Procedure? The ultimate goal of every Procedure is to provide the reader with a clear and easily understood plan of action required to carry out or implement a policy. A well-written procedure will also help eliminate common misunderstandings by identifying job responsibilities and establishing boundaries for the jobholders. Good procedures actually allow managers to control events in advance and prevent the organization (and employees) from making costly mistakes. You can think of a procedure as a road map where the trip details are highlighted in order to prevent a person from getting lost or wandering off an acceptable path identified by the companys management team. Policies and procedures are required when there is a need for consistency in your day-to-day operational activities. Policies and procedures also provide clarity to the reader when dealing with accountability issues or activities that are of critical importance to the company, such as, health and safety, legal liabilities, regulatory requirements or issues that have serious consequences.

Are Your Policies and Procedures Meeting Your Needs? An increase in the number of accidents, higher failure rates or costly overruns. More staff questions on normal operations or a feeling of general confusion within a department or division. Employees may also be demonstrating inconsistency in their job performance and there may be an increase in the workforces stress levels. Customers are increasing complaints. Now that we have a better understanding of policies and procedures, lets take a look at the major benefits they provide. Employees understand the constraints of their job without using a trial and error approach, as key points are visible in well-written policies and procedures. Policies and procedures enable the workforce to clearly understand individual and team responsibilities, thus saving time and resources. Everyone is working off the same page; employees can get the official word on how they should go about their tasks quickly and easily. Clearly written policies and procedures allow managers to exercise control by exception rather than micro-manage their staff. They send a We Care! message. The company wants us to be successful at our jobs. Clearly written policies and procedures provide legal protection. Juries apply the common person standard. If written clearly so that outsiders understand, the company has better legal footing if challenged in court. Lets return to the first question we asked. Are you interested in growing your business without dramatically increasing your burden of employee management responsibilities?

If your answer is yes, we recommend reviewing and implementing policies and procedures that are effective, and work on your companys behalf. This document provides guidance on the approach to be followed in delivering a home - school e-learning pilot for pupils who are on short term absence as a result of illness or medical condition. This procedure aims to help and support teachers who are experiencing problems as a result of alcohol or drugs misuse. This circular provides advice to teachers who wish to make disclosures of information relating to malpractice by their employers or colleagues at work. Describes the application process for applying for an eyesight screening test for teachers who operate a Visual Display Unit in connection with their work for 1 hour or more per day. A policy statement and code of practice on measures to combat bullying and harassment of teaching staff in schools. This procedure seeks to protect non smokers from the effects of tobacco smoke in the workplace, promote the health of pupils and staff and to provide information and advice for those wishing to stop smoking. Updated to include e-cigarette s. This document provides details of the level of payments to be made by employing authorities to teachers/dependents in the event of assaults on teachers, in the course of or as a consequence of his/her employment, which result in death or permanent disablement.

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