What are the ‘must-have‘ policies for Australian businesses?

by | Jan 28, 2021 | Blog

Why do I need policies?

Well-written policies are essential in any workplace and will set clear expectations on topics such as safety, performance and acceptable behaviour. These policies will also help you meet your legal requirements.

Contract vs Policies

Employment contracts are difficult to amend and should only contain clear and unambiguous wording that are not likely to change. It must also stand up to scrutiny by the authorities or a court.

For this reason, do not make the mistake of incorporating policies or procedures into your employment contract as it may create mutual obligations.

Policies and procedures are essentially an extension of management instructions and should remain dynamic, with the ability to flex with the current work environment. The ability to remain responsive is absolutely vital in today’s world of changing business environment and legislation.

Here are some of the policies every business should have in place:

  • Code of Conduct
  • Work Health and Safety
  • Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination Policy
  • Drug and Alcohol Policy (Fit for work)
  • Leave Policy
  • Grievance Policy
  • Privacy Policy
  • Performance Counselling and Discipline Policy. …
  • Internet and Email Policy
  • Mobile device policy
  • Social media policy

Getting policies drafted correctly in the first place, or having your existing documents checked by a good HR professional could save you a lot of headache and money in the longer run.

To find out more, get help or to purchase policy documents especially designed for Australian small to medium businesses, click here or call Signature Staff on 07 40503888

Mats Eriksson
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