Policy Development

Policy Development

by Steven sieja
Each company is a unique business that may call for several policies and procedures that need to be properly followed by employees. As your business grows, organizational success will depend on what management and operational systems are already in place and if they have been developed correctly.

Policies need to be developed and outlined to set expectations for how things are handled at each workplace. This also serves to implement best practices and keeps you in compliance with legislation. Flex HR assists in confirming that these policies and procedures are established efficiently and thoroughly, which is a key aspect to protecting individuals as well as management.

Policy Development Process

Having a properly developed policy and procedure process, or methodology, in order is imperative for successfully keeping company protocols consistent. We develop and write these policies, beginning with a purpose and scope that leads to the statement of rules being implied. The next step is to clearly define all roles and responsibilities, who it belongs to and the consequences for not complying with the policy. Its important to always include the effective date the original plan was created and then document all dates thereafter that the policy is reviewed and revised. Approval at the end of the documentation will complete each policy developed. Some policies and procedures may need further legal review, which our subject matter experts handle.

Some policies and procedures you want to be sure your company has in place are handbooks, employment practices, sexual harassment, drug free workplace, confidentiality and trade secrets, Intranet communication, and background checks.

Keep Policies Current

It’s especially important to keep all polices including program, rules and procedure guidelines up-to-date, confirming any changes are conversed clearly to all employees right away.

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Key Benefits of Policy Development

  • Background checks
  • Bulling
  • Company operating procedures
  • Confidentiality / trade secrets
  • Disciplinary actions
  • Drug free workplace
  • Drug testing
  • Employment practices
  • F.A.C.T.A. (Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act)
  • FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act)
  • Handbooks
  • Harassment
  • HIPPA
  • Intranet communication development
  • Leave management
  • Leave of absence
  • Maternity leave
  • Paternal leave
  • Responsibility / authority
  • Sick leave laws
  • Standard operating procedures
  • Social media
  • Work-at-home