Setting out rules

The setting of clear rules is important because:

  • Both employees and employer benefit from a clear understanding of what is acceptable/unacceptable behaviour;
  • Consistency in application gives employees a sense of fairness;
  • Performance is at least set at a minimum acceptable standard;
  • Employees are aware of the consequences of failure to abide by the rules.

What do you need to do?

  • Decide the culture you want to encourage in your organisation;
  • Consult with managers, employees and their representatives about the rules;
  • Ensure the rules are as clear and simple as possible;
  • Make every effort to explain why the rules are necessary and ensure they are understood;
  • Put the rules in writing.

What sort of rules are needed?

  • Most organisations need to cover subjects such as absences, health and safety, performance standards, capability, timekeeping, holidays and use of company facilities;
  • Under the heading "absence", for example, indicate when a doctor's certificate is necessary;
  • It is especially important to distinguish what constitutes misconduct from gross misconduct e.g. misconduct might include unauthorised absence but gross misconduct might cover fighting at work;
  • Procedures for grievance and discipline need to be set out in a clear and simple format.

Where to go for help

  • Please call us on 730503 for further advice/assistance.

    *The Employment (Jersey) Law 2003 requires written statements to indicate the existence or otherwise of such procedures.

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