Rules for Your Workers

In a perfect world, your workers would think exactly the way that you do. They would come in and leave when you expect them to, they would dress the way you expect them to, and they wouldn't do anything that would necessitate formal rules and discipline. But no two people think alike, and everyone has a different perception of what the work environment should be.

Because that's true, if you have employees, you need to think about setting some basic ground rules. You need to make sure that your employees understand what is expected of them, not only in the work that they do, but in their behavior and in other areas of your employment relationship.

While some think of rules as nothing more than a necessary evil, if they are carefully selected, clearly related to the business, and fairly enforced, they can help you to better manage your workplace and your workers. Some issues you'll want to think about when considering work rules are: