|Effective policies lead to success|
Are you a Theory X or Theory Y manager? While both styles of motivation are very different, they do tend to rely on the same thing: Policies. Policy or rule development can be one of the toughest things to do in the right way. If done incorrectly, you could see a negative impact on your companyís image or even sales. Regardless of what theory you subscribe to, you need to ensure your policies are effective.
Below are six things to consider when developing your next policy.
- You need a policy for policies - This sounds a little weird, but in order to draft effective policies, you should first draft a policy on drafting policies. It doesnít have to be long, but should cover when and why a new policy is needed; the format to use; and the policy for drafting and approval of new policies.
- Does your planned policy already exist? - Before you go spending time on drafting a completely new policy, you should first check and see if any existing policies cover what youíre planning to write about, or if they cover some aspects. If they do, instead of creating a new policy, itís much easier to update existing ones.
- Consider the need - If someone does something you donít like or agree with, donít simply go and create a new policy out of spite, or as a knee-jerk reaction. If you find yourself doing this, take a step back and let the policy sit for a few days or weeks and revisit the issue to see if it is really necessary. If you deem it significant enough, get input from colleagues. They may offer valuable help, or have other ideas. The goal with policies is that there should be a crystal clear need for them, or a clear problem to solve.
- Make the policy understandable – Have you ever read policies enacted by governments or large companies? Of course you have, but how much did you understand? If you arenít a lawyer, there is likely some parts you donít understand. You should make your policies understandable and readable by everyone in the company. Leave legal language to the lawyers, and clearly define any and all acronyms and jargon. Beyond that, the use of modal verbs and positions instead of names is highly encouraged.
- Include exceptions - Rules set in stone will often be broken. When writing a policy, it is a good idea to include exceptions whenever possible. If you donít include these yet constantly make them in practice, youíre undermining the policy. If you find these exceptions become relevant in the future, update the policy to include them.
- Be flexible - You should write some wiggle room in the policies. If you have an ironclad policy employees will come to rely on it, and if something happens what goes against the policy, they could use the Ďitís company policyí line as an excuse not to take the right action. The common trend is that new policies essentially provide the guidelines for empowerment.
If you take steps to ensure the policy is as comprehensive as possible, and your employees understand each and every aspect of it, they will be more than likely to follow it. Do you have any other tips on writing policies? Let us know.
|Is technology killing productivity?|
The word Ďinstantí can be defined as happening immediately, and is a catchword of the modern world, all around us, from instant rice to instant noodles and instant printing, the list goes on. This concept, while not new, has arguably been taken to extremes thanks to the abundance of technology. This is a two-faced issue, for while itís great to see the results of the latest election without delay, this expectation has changed how we interact.
|Unrestricted Internet access has risks|
Open and unrestricted Internet access is one thing we consider to be a right, especially true for the younger generation who have grown up with it in their homes. Many have come to rely on the Internet both for work and day-to-day life. As such, they demand unrestricted Internet access at work, and many company bosses have obliged. Unbeknownst to them, however, there may be a risk associated with this.
|Messenger merged into Skype|
Skype is not a new product, itís been around for nearly a decade and has been one of the mainstays of the digitization of the telephone, commonly referred to as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). Microsoft purchased Skype back in 2011 and has recently released an update which makes Skype a front-line Microsoft product.
|Can your system support Windows 8?|
Windows 8 has officially been out for a few weeks and reports and reviews are coming in. For the most part, people seem to like it but are unsure of how successful the OS will be. This is due in large part to the drastic change in layout. If youíre intrigued by these alterations and are thinking about upgrading you should ensure your system can actually run it first.
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