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The HR Answer Book, 2nd Edition by Rebecca MAZIN, Shawn SMITH

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2HR PoliciesWhy Do We Need Them and What Should They Look Like?

ALL ORGANIZATIONS HAVE SOME TYPE of policies and procedures. There are practices regarding what time to report to work in the morning, how much vacation time an employee may take, and the days when paychecks are released. Without these rules, it would be virtually impossible to run a business efficiently.

Although all organizations have policies, the manner in which they are documented and presented to employees varies considerably. There are companies with extensive policy manuals and those in which nothing is formalized in writing. Some businesses write their procedures in great detail, leaving nothing to individual interpretation; others present only broad, general provisions. ...

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