Employee Handbook Small Business Open Door Policy

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Open Door Policy

Insert Your Business Name Here” believes in an 'open door' policy and therefore takes all its staff members issues and problems very seriously. The company values each and every staff member and tries its level best to provide a positive work experience. Employees are actively encouraged to bring any workplace concerns they may have or problems they might be facing, or for that matter be aware of, to management to share their issues and problems in any way that might affect their overall workplace efficiency.

There may be many matters that might require management intervention ranging from excessive workloads, shift changes and workplace bullying. 

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Excessive Work Load

If a staff member feels that their workload is in excess of the tasks they had been assigned in their job description (JD) or if they feel that their targets are unrealistically high, they may approach management to rectify the problem.

If an employee has issues with managing their shift and may want to switch from morning to night or vice versa or any customized shift they may approach management and make their formal request.

Workplace Bullying

Insert Your Business Name Here” defines bullying as “repeated inappropriate behavior, either direct or indirect, whether verbal, physical or otherwise, conducted by one or more persons against another or others, at the place of work and/or in the course of employment.” Such behavior violates the company Code of Ethics, which clearly states that all employees will be treated with equally, i.e., with dignity and respect.  

The purpose of this policy is to communicate to all employees, including supervisors, as well as management, that “Insert Your Business Name Here” will not under any circumstances whatsoever, tolerate any form of bullying behavior. All staff members irrespective of rank, seniority and position found violating this policy will be subjected to the process of progressive discipline and may be penalized though drastic measures that may include but are not restricted to suspension without pay, demotion and even outright termination of service.

Bullying may be intentional or unintentional. However, it is pertinent to note that whenever an accusation of bullying has been made against an employee of the company, the intentions of the supposed bully are typically considered irrelevant. Even if the bullying is cloaked in the garb of “constructive criticism’ and the alleged bully insists that it was for the victims own good. He/she would still be subjected to any penalties of the progressive disciplinary process that the competent authorities might deem fit nor will their intentions or proclamations of doing it in ‘good faith’ be taken into consideration when he/she would be penalized. That is, it is the overall effect of the behavior upon the victim that is taken into consideration. “Insert Your Business Name Here” typically considers the following types of behavior as examples of bullying:

    ★     Verbal bullying

Slandering, ridiculing or maligning a person or his/her family, gender, ancestry, race, religion, caste, creed, belief etc.  Persistent name calling that is deemed hurtful, insulting or humiliating; using a person as the recipient of puerile ribaldry including abusive, out rightly profane and offensive remarks.

    ★     Physical bullying

Pushing, shoving, kicking, poking, tripping, assault or threat of physical assault; damage to an employee’s work area or property.

    ★     Gesture bullying

Nonverbal threatening gestures or glances that are intended to convey threatening messages.

    ★     Exclusion

Socially or physically excluding or disregarding a person in work-related activities.

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