Conducting Effective Meetings

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In general, policies are guidelines to decision making—once in place, each decision does not have to be made anew from scratch. Policies reflect a company’s value system. The tone and language of policy statements will be taken as reflections of management attitudes toward employees. Personnel policies also outline expected worker conduct.

Most personnel decisions can be guided by policy determinations. Should all workers be given a practical test before being selected? Should employees be paid at the going rate, a cut above, or a cut below?

Supervisors may vary in their management approach. While distinct styles can serve different managers well, at some point inconsistency may have a negative effect on worker morale. Policies establish uniformity. Policies help reduce the incidence of inequities and give employees the reasoning behind what may otherwise look like favoritism.

Gregorio Billikopf
University of California