The June 7th SHRM #NextChat polled the HR experts on the problem of employee manuals. The question of the day: Should employers do away with their manuals? Here are some highlights from the conversation.
Creative employee manuals: Is the best employee manual the one that doesn't exist?
What are the good aspects of policy?
Written policies can provide clarity around expectations if there is uncertainty & allow all leadership to have the same message. #nextchat— Wendy Dailey (@wyndall93) June 7, 2017
What about policies that do more harm than good...
Like Policies concerning social media?
And getting the job done?
Most times employment policies aren't as agile as they need to be. Or should I say flexible. They don't change with the times #nextchat— sicario (@DAVIDUZZZI) June 7, 2017
And What About attendance policies?
A3 Give employees discretion & support them when they need leave FOR ANY REASON. #nextchat— Heather Bussing (@heatherbussing) June 7, 2017
Related Article: 26 Sample Employee Handbook Policies for Improved Compliance
What are the takeaways?
A3 Never use a policy when what you really need to do is train people on what matters and why. #nextchat— Heather Bussing (@heatherbussing) June 7, 2017
What steps should you take with your policies?
I got myself uninvited to policy reviews because I always ask "but why?" And some of the 30 yr employees hated it. #Nextchat— Kristina Minyard (@HRecruit) June 7, 2017
Put people first.
Talk about it.
We've done something radical by "talking" w/ our emps on purpose every. day. - It's drastically reduced discipline situations !! #nextchat— Steve Browne (@sbrownehr) June 7, 2017
A7 2 Use your lack of policy as an opportunity to connect. Listen, learn, guide. #nextchat— Heather Bussing (@heatherbussing) June 7, 2017
And if they could write better policies in just 140 characters:
A8: PTO - Enjoy your time off and don't check in. We'll be fine and can't wait until you come back renewed and refreshed !! #nextchat— Steve Browne (@sbrownehr) June 7, 2017
We trust you to be smart on social media. If you wouldn't say it in front of your grandma, don't type it about our company. #nextchat— Tess Ausman (@CLTleads) June 7, 2017
A8: Social media is another form of communication. So, communicate well. We know you will !! #nextchat— Steve Browne (@sbrownehr) June 7, 2017
On Policies Themselves
The only policy you need: "Do the right thing." #nextchat— Micole Kaye (@socialmicole) June 7, 2017
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