General Work Rules for An Ideal Employer

Choosing a simple set of work rules and regulations made up of a few generally accepted as well as prohibited conducts is much advised. Instead of lengthy regulations, advise small businesses to provide a simple list of expectations to clarify expected behavior for workers.

Here is a set of simple set of general workplace rules:

  • Safety rules to be observed
  • Tardiness policy explaining the way to report the number of sick days allowable and personal off days erased
  • Time of work to be recorded (Using a time sheet or clock)
  • Rules of the lunch period and other breaks
  • Policy for overtime
  • Rules regarding personal appearance including dress code
  • Employer’s property damage rules
  • Rules on maintaining sensitive information of the employers as well as the customers

To quote from Michelle Obama:

“We learned about honesty and integrity – that the truth matters… that you don’t take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules… and success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square.”

As a defense against wrongful discharge claims

Even at-will employers, who have more freedom to let workers leave without termination procedures, should ensure the reasoning is sound and defensible. One way to ensure this is by having a number of basic and vividly stated employees’ rules well communicated to the workers. By this, any worker breaking a work rule ends up doing so with the knowledge that his conduct is not acceptable and such conduct might end up in inviting termination.

Safeguard step from discrimination claims

If a business fires or disciplines one worker for breaking employee regulations while sparing another facing similar charges, it could violate anti-discrimination regulations. Maintaining a clear list of work rules makes sure that all workers understand the acceptable and unacceptable behavior. If the rule set in this regard is ambiguous carrying out of such a rule could invite challenge as discriminatory or arbitrary which is important.

Points to ponder while choosing work rules

Work rules can improve the quality of work when…
  • Create an atmosphere where the business treats workers with respect and dignity.
  • Help employees ensure their conduct is safe and professional.
  • Encourage open communication between the business and its employees.
  • Ensure fair treatment and a common set of regulations for all workers.

Work rules to selected reasonably and appropriately

Finally, while the conduct of all employees is expected to be governed by certain rules based on work, the specific rules chosen are expected to be reasonable and appropriate for the work being done by the employees in question alongside the working conditions where they are placed in.