Entrepreneurs, look at the buzz about Justin Timberlake’s voting booth selfie as a teachable moment for your employees. If the employees at your office are discussing it, take a moment to talk about company rules and regulations.
Social media and the internet are full of stories and photos of Justin Timberlake’s voting booth selfie. If you are an employer, your employees may be discussing this around the office today. If they are, don’t shut down the conversations. Instead use them as an opportunity to discuss corporate policy. There are four lessons entrepreneurs can take from this current news event.
- Make sure employees clearly understand corporate expectations.
- Keep company rules in writing and easily accessible.
- Where possible, involve employees in rule and policy changes.
- Have fair and reasonable consequences for employees who violate corporate policies.
Make sure employees clearly understand corporate expectations.
It is unreasonable to expect employees to follow policies and procedures you have not told them about. When you hire employees and throughout their employment, make sure they know the rules and regulations at your company.
Keep company rules in writing and easily accessible.
Memories are fleeting. Even when you talk to employees about corporate rules and regulations on a regular basis, put them in writing. When rules and regulations are in writing, they are less likely to be forgotten and their existence cannot be disputed.
Where possible, involve employees in rule and policy changes.
From time to time the rules and regulations at your company will need to change. When these occasions arise, try to involve employees in the change process. This will make them feel better about the changes and make it more likely that they will follow the new rules and procedures.
Have fair and reasonable consequences for employees who violate corporate policies.
It is important to understand that no matter how reasonable the policies and procedures at your company, from time to time there ll be violations. For this reason, you must have a system in place to fairly and efficiently deal with violations.
Entrepreneurs, always be mindful of the fact that there are lessons to be learned in every circumstance. All you have to do is look for them.