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Do your Policies and Procedures Support Your Intentions?

Posted by Nicole Vierzba on Fri, Sep 16, 2011

By:  Charlie Martin, Founder, engagementtoolbox.com

Have you reviewed your policies and procedures lately? If you are a theory Y leader and want an engaged workforce your policies and procedures must support your intent.

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Don't let an employee handbook highlight all the constraints on your workforce. If you want an engaged workforce make sure that your policies and procedures don't get in the way. Many employee handbooks are written for the actively disengaged as opposed to the fully engaged members of the workforce.  Are there more rules than definitions of benefits and freedom?

How about your compensation system, is it fair and based on real needs and contributions? Do you talk about teams and then provide incentives that are based primarily on individual performance?

Are your employees encouraged to innovate? How about taking risks, is trying something new applauded even if it doesn't work out as planned or punished?

Are your rules designed to define all the open space and freedom within the rules? Are the rules you feel you need clear enough that everyone understands them so they don't accidentally bump in to them and get burned? Can out of date rules be changed; by whom?

Have a look at the rules and regulations you have defined and see if they are serving your intention and if not change them.

From reviewing your employee handbook to auditing your HR function, Employers Group can help you with auditing your practices and procedures, making sure you're maximizing your potential, saving money, and 100% compliant.  Click here to have one of our specialists contact you about this service:

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About the Author:
Charlie Martin is the Founder and Head Coach of engagementtoolbox (http://www.engagementtoolbox.com)  Charlie is the author of The Tools of Engagement, a Professional Certified Coach (PCC)  certified by the International Coach Federation and a seasoned leader with over 35 years of experience in a variety of senior level positions in a variety of industries.  He can be reached at Charlie@engagementtoolbox.com.

Topics: procedure, polies, hr policy, best practices