You’ve decided to put some workplace rules in place for your startup or small business.

Unfortunately, the word “policy” usually conjures up thoughts of grim-faced bureaucrats drafting rigid rules and restrictive regulations to discipline and control employees. This is why you’ve probably never heard someone say, “I really wish our business had more policies!”.

However, human resource policies are a necessary part of organizational development.

When HR policies are implemented effectively, they can have a very positive impact on all aspects of the employee experience, including new hire orientation, employee onboarding, performance management, and professional development.

There are many types of human resource policies.

However, you probably don’t have time to create dozens of them all at once, and you don’t want to overwhelm your people with a tidal wave of rules. You also don’t want to include ones that are outdated and no longer relevant in modern, people-focused, and progressive organizations.

This article will focus on those human resources policies you should develop proactively for your new employee handbook, as well as those you should avoid.

List Of Essential HR Policies & Procedures (+ 4 To Avoid)