The Strengths of the Rational Approach in Policymaking

The rational approach to policymaking in business is a thoughtful, careful examination of the challenges facing a business and the step-by-step development of strategies to face those challenges. The strengths of this approach arise from its ordered structure. Workers at all levels can see how the plan is taking shape. This reduces workplace stress and anxiety as new policies and business strategies take effect.

Considering All Options

The rational approach to policymaking considers all options before selecting a course of action. This allows you as a business owner to determine the most effective avenue to take your human resources development in terms of setting policies for business operation including policies for hiring, work performance standards and discipline. By selecting the most proven policy avenue, you maximize your company's chances for success in hiring the best employees who consistently produce at a high level.

Avoiding Rush Decisions

Quick decisions in policymaking can leave holes in your business operational strategies that can slow productivity and confuse your employees. The rational approach to policymaking in business forces you to slow your process and helps you avoid those snap decisions that might be made without thought to the long-term consequences. For example, rational policy development may help you avoid changes in employee scheduling that could actually reduce productivity in the long term and only produce short-term gains in lower payroll because fewer workers are on the job at a particular time.

Breaking Down Complex Problems

Some business decisions and operational strategies may seem too complicated or too large to deal with at once. Rational policymaking allows your company to break down the problem or challenge into smaller components that each department within your business can manage and determine strategies to effectively handle. This helps your company cover all facets of policy development and reduces the chances your business may miss a key facet of a larger issue. This allows for comprehensive policy development.

Implementation and Verification

The rational approach to policymaking encourages you to supervise the implementation of your company's policy decisions. You may decide to develop a network of supervisors reporting information on plan implementation progress to keep you well-informed of how workers are responding to new policies. This also allows you to verify that your managers and supervisors are implementing your new policies. Workers will usually respond favorably to the strong sense of order this methodology gives to the implementation process, according to the Free Management Library's website.

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About the Author

Jonathan Lister has been a writer and content marketer since 2003. His latest book publication, "Bullet, a Demos City Novel" is forthcoming from J Taylor Publishing in June 2014. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Shippensburg University and a Master of Fine Arts in writing and poetics from Naropa University.