Some examples of organizational policies include staff recruitment, conflict resolution processes, employees’ code of conduct, internal and external relationships, confidentiality, community resource index (CRI), compensation, safety and security, and ethics. Other policies may include employee relations and benefits; organizational and employee development; information, communication and technology issues; and corporate social responsibility, according to the New South Wales Department of Education and Training.
Organizational policies are guidelines that outline and guide actions within an business or agency. The exact types of policies will vary depending on the nature of the organization. and can include policies such as directions, laws, principles, rules or regulations. According to the New South Wales Department of Education and Training, the two main sources of organizational policies are external laws or guidelines that are issued by administrative authorities, and those issued by the organization itself. Policies originating within an organization are often influenced by the external guidelines such as Acts of Parliament.
Each organization should design specific policies that address specific needs. Lack of good policies can cause operational, legal and ethical problems within an organization. For example, the absence of a good staff recruitment policy that addresses equal opportunity employment could lead to legal issues with the regulatory authorities for a firm.