Basic Office Policies

by Jennifer VanBaren; Updated September 26, 2017

Basic office policies are rules and procedures encouraging a smooth-running office. Most companies outline their basic office policies in an employee handbook or policy manual.

Purpose

Basic office policies are important to all companies. These policies help solve and prevent problems within a company because employees, staff and management all know what is expected of them. When employees follow basic policies, it helps maintain the success and reputation of the company. It also provides a basis for employees to perform their jobs in an effective, ethical way if the management is absent for a day or week.

Absenteeism

Absenteeism is a common basic office policy that outlines the details of vacation days, sick days and holidays. It allows employees to fully understand what they are entitled to. It also informs them of discipline policies if these procedures are not followed.

Electronics

Another common office policy is the use of electronics. This includes talking and texting on cell phones as well as the use of the Internet and email.

Other

Other basic office policies include workplace harassment policies and safety and security policies. Drug-free and non-smoking policies are common in the workplace as well. Employee codes of conduct are listed in the policy book along with policies regarding the misuse of company property.

About the Author

Jennifer VanBaren started her professional online writing career in 2010. She taught college-level accounting, math and business classes for five years. Her writing highlights include publishing articles about music, business, gardening and home organization. She holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting and finance from St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Ind.

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