Posts tagged “Policies”

Virtually every organisation has a list of behaviours that are considered to be “gross misconduct”. 
 
Gross misconduct is something considered so serious that it strikes at the heart of the contract of employment, and effectively tears it up. So serious that an employee can be dismissed, without warning or notice, even for a first offence. 
 
So here’s a question for you. 
How big is your employee handbook? 
 
Seriously, if it was printed out, how many pages would it be? 
 
Have you ever asked yourself why you need so many policies? How many you have ever used? What the purpose of such a hefty tome is? 
What did you do for your holiday this summer? 
 
Something active and personally enriching? Lazing in the sunshine? Catching up on some books or meeting family and friends? 
 
And what did you notice when you returned to work? (Apart from the e-mail mountain of course!) Has your perspective changed at all? Have some of the big problems you were grappling with before you went away miraculously become a bit smaller and more manageable? Have your team managed to keep the organisation afloat during your absence? Are you a little more relaxed since you returned? 
Do you have a parent or grandparent still alive? Or a partner or sibling? What will happen if one of your loved ones becomes too ill or frail to look after themselves? 
 
Until it happens, most of us would probably prefer not to think about it. But imagine for a moment that one day, your previously independent relative can’t get out of bed unaided, or walk to the bathroom alone, or prepare a meal. Perhaps they are unsteady on their feet, and at risk of a fall. Perhaps their condition, or the medication used to treat it, makes them confused and forgetful. They are likely to need transporting to medical appointments, and help with day-to-day tasks such as shopping, cleaning and paying their bills. 
Recruitment is a two-way process. It’s not just about finding the right candidate, but also about persuading them that they should want to come and work for you. 
 
We are all motivated by different things. Most people would agree that salary and benefits should be competitive, but jobs are about more than just money. Here are five areas that will really matter to some recruits. Are you clear what you have to offer? 
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