Communicating Work Rules
Having work rules means nothing unless employees know that the rules exist
and understand them clearly. Communicating your policies or standards is
important not only because it helps employees understand the rules, but
documented communication of those rules makes it easier to enforce them, if
necessary. So what's the best way to make sure that employees get the message
about standards of conduct in your workplace? Here are some issues you need to
to communicate work rules: you'll need to make sure employees are aware
of the rules before they have the chance to break them, and you'll
want to give periodic reminders as well.
communication of work rules: communicating orally allows give and take
between you and the employees. However, it's hard to document a conversation
and be sure that you've come away from it with both parties in agreement.
Oral communication is usually best for very small businesses, where the
employer and employees need a lot of flexibility in dealing with each other.
communication of work rules: giving employees your policies, rules, and
expectations in writing has several advantages — it allows you to document
that the employee was informed about the rules and, if you've written them
correctly, it's clear what you expect. However, remember that if the rule is
in writing, it will be very difficult to change.
handbooks are a way of ensuring that all employees are aware of your
rules, but they can cause major legal problems. If you have only a handful
of employees, creation of an employee handbook is usually a waste of time.
Nevertheless, some employers feel they need a handbook in order to
comfortably enforce their rules.