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Workplace Policies

Workplace Policies

What are workplace policies and why do I need them?

If you’re wondering whether you need clearly defined workplace policies in your business, the answer is a definite ‘yes’.

Workplace policies are written statements that help to establish a clear understanding of the behaviour and performance standards expected of employers and employees.

Well-written and clearly communicated workplace policies help to:

  • set clear expectations around employee behaviour and what is acceptable and unacceptable in the workplace
  • safeguard an organisation from risk and help with legal compliance
  • clarify employee rights and expectations
  • establish best practice and support consistent decision making when dealing with workplace situations
  • efficiently and consistently communicate important information to employees
  • express an organisation’s values
  • establish a safe, respectful, positive and productive culture and work environment.

Policies and Procedures – what’s the difference?

Workplace procedures are step-by-step instructions for routine tasks. Procedures are often linked to a workplace policy and are designed to help employees implement policies.

Implementing Policies

For policies to be effective they should:

  • be accessible to all employees
  • be written in clear, concise language
  • be communicated, regularly promoted and include consultation with employees
  • be supported by training to ensure awareness and understanding
  • regularly reviewed
  • reflect the values and business environment

It's also good practice to get your employees to confirm in writing that they:

  • have read and understood your workplace policies and procedures
  • will comply with the policies and procedures.

What policies might I need and what can we help you with?

There are a range of policies available, but in our view, the core HR policies that every business should have include:


  • code of conduct
  • bullying and harassment policy
  • sexual harassment policy
  • equal employment opportunity and anti-discrimination policy
  • leave policy
  • workplace, health and safety policy
  • grievance policy

Other Policies:

Some of these policies may be included under a broader topic, for example, your business could cover parental leave under a leave policy. Or alternatively, you can implement standalone policies:

  • parental leave policy
  • domestic and family violence leave policy
  • recruitment policy
  • internet, email and social media policy
  • uniform and dress code policy
  • working from home policy
  • flexible work policy
  • drug and alcohol policy
  • privacy policy
  • disciplinary and termination policy
  • performance counselling policy
  • performance appraisal policy