Policies provide standardization and structure to employees. The employee handbook is a venue for communicating expectations and can be a resource for employees as they have questions. In In this assignment, you will present why 4 policies (attached in annotated bibliography) should be included within the employee handbook. This assignment allows you to apply some of your HR knowledge to a fictional small company of 15-25 employees.
In a research paper, provide researched rationale for the nature and substance of your 4 selected, distinct policies (workplace benefits. workplace dating, dress code policies, and policies on harassment – can be found in the attached annotated bibliography). This paper is to be reflective of an academic research paper. The research paper must address the reasoning and/or rationale for the inclusion of the selected policy elements in a policy manual. The selected policies must correctly address employment legislation pertinent to the stated size of the company (15–25 employees). In elaborating on the rationale, you may want to consider the following questions: Why should these elements be in a policy manual? What laws or principles mandate an organization follow these guidelines? What cases have established precedent for this issue to be addressed clearly in an organization’s employee policy manual?
Support your rationale with (at minimum) 15 reputable (annotated bibliography attached), sources are in addition to the required use of the textbook (attached) and the Bible. The paper must be at least 2000 words, in addition to the cover page, the abstract, and the references page. It must be written in current APA format. Papers submitted with less than the minimum word count will not receive full credit in this area of the grading rubric (attached).
Some of these are more procedural and more for one person in a role at the company or for supervisors. The Code of Conduct is easily confused with the more common Code of Conduct in publicly traded organizations. Keep the company size in mind as you research. Stay in the US when it comes to laws and try to keep out of specific industries and areas that are not a match. For example, an article on school dress code is not a good match to researching a dress code at the workplace. An article on Transyvanian ceramic engineers who experience harassment is going to not have good carryover to a small US coffee shop and the definition of harassment will be not the same as the one in the US.
This paper is a rationale for the policies and the company is not important other than to keep the small size in mind. You can write the paper in general terms (policies for a small company, etc.) or adopt a fictional company (ex. ABC Coffee Shop). Do note this is not a research paper and you are not looking at specific companies and what they have. This is also not the policies themselves and the tone will not be addressing employees but rather a formal paper about the importance of the policies you pick. Spend your time and effort on areas that advance the paper and align with the assignment instructions and rubric.
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