Nothing signals a bad company faster than the policies that they have in place. If you, as a startup or even as an established company, require your employees to bring in doctor’s notes to qualify for their sick days or even funeral notices, you don’t have a good company environment. Instead, you’re using bullying tactics that prevent good, productive employees from shinning. Instead of using any of these barbaric policies that do more harm to your company than good, implement these policies instead:

Anti-Harassment Policies

Every employee deserves to work in a safe and productive environment. This cannot happen when there are harassment and bullying taking place amongst your workforce. As such, you need to have an anti-harassment policy that outlines the specific behaviors that won’t be tolerated and what victims can do to report them. This policy should also have a clearly defined list of consequences for negative behavior. To further improve your employee’s teamwork, have team building exercises and even company retreats. You need your employees to work together to succeed.

Reward Policies  

Having reward policies allows your employees to know from the get-go what they need to do to succeed. This means having milestones and rewards set in place so that not only do your employees know they have a future with you but that their hard work will pay off. These rewards can range from promotions, to pay increases, to simply an extra day off work. When you reward good behavior, instead of setting your employees against each other in a competition, you encourage everyone to strive to be better.

Documentation Policies

Every single company needs to have documentation policies. This means that when an employee or new bit of data comes in it can be properly stored. A documentation policy means having a set of rules concerning metadata. For instance, you could use a pay stub generator and then store those records using a set of tags so that you can find the information quickly and easily. Everyone needs to use the same system for your records to be complete.

Customer Service Policies

Your customers are how you make money and succeed, and happy customers are those who will come back for repeat business or tell their friends about you. That is why you should train all employees who deal with customers a set of standards when it comes to customer service. How your employees deal and treat your customers will reflect directly on to you. Having policies in place will make the process smoother.

You want your company to run smoothly and for your employees to be in a positive environment that they can thrive in. Keep the workplace safe by having anti-harassment policies in place, reward your employees as individuals rather than ranking them or pitting them against each other, always document your records to the same standard and train your employees on how to handle angry customers. These four policies will help any company succeed.