Workplace Policies: The Good and the Bad

25 Mar

Company policy at a California senior living community, Glenwood Gardens, prevented a nurse from giving a resident CPR, reported Bloomberg. The policy led to the death of the resident and a spate of criticism directed toward the retirement facility. This got us to thinking: What are the employee management strategies that help or hinder the workplace?

Bad Workplace Policies
According to the source, there are companies today that are discriminating against the unemployed during the hiring process. The long-term unemployed are being rejected during the recruiting process as some organizations will only hire applicants who are currently employed. Given the state of the economy, this is definitely a bad workplace policy. Washington, D.C., New Jersey, and Oregon are the only states thus far that have made discrimination against the unemployed illegal talent management policies.

Yahoo recently decided to install a new workplace policy, banning its employees from working from home. Yahoo at first declined to comment on the new workplace policy but later stated that the industry view on working from home is the right move for the business at this time. According to several business analysts quotes in the New York Times, if mobile workforces or work-from-home policies fail, it’s most likely because of poor management and not the employees. This specific employee management policy made headlines and received much criticism due to the fact that the majority of workforces are starting to move away from the traditional 9-to-5 office employer culture.

Workplace Policies That Work
Sexual harassment and employer policies regarding office romances are good employee management rules to have in place. If the workplace doesn’t necessarily address office romances, sexual harassment policies should be emphasized. Violators of codes of conduct can be fired whether or not the harassment takes place in or outside of the office, as was the case of Lucchesi v. Day & Zimmerman, No. 10-4164, ED PA, 2012, reported Business Management Daily.

This case specifically addressed a sour workplace romance in which case one of the two parties would not stop attempting to rekindle the relationship. After evaluation and the investigation by human resources, the defendant was determined to be unstable and irrational and proclaimed that he would continue to act in disturbing and disruptive manners in the office.

new workplace issue creating buzz is the stance on workplace bullying. According to the Charlotte Observer, over a dozen states have looked into antibullying laws over the past year. Given the state of the economy, many employees are staying in toxic and stress-filled work environments because the job market is so limited.

Workplace bullying is a problem that can drain employee performance, lead to a high percentage of employee turnover, and affect the business’ bottom line. Verbal abuse, threats, and incessant teasing by a coworker all fall under on-the-job bullying and may soon be classified as a legitimate reason for these abused workers to take their case to court. Human resource managers should make the most of employee management to address such behaviors, with or without a formal legislation in place.

We Want to Know

  • Have you as an employee or employer ever had to deal with a case of workplace bullying? How did your company handle the situation?
  • Does your company policy prohibit romantic relations in the workplace? If not, are there any rules or procedures employees need to follow if they engage in a romantic relationship?
  • Have you or anyone you know been subjected to unemployment discrimination?

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