Times change: that is a fact of life. It is up to you and your organization to see that its policies are continually checked for currency, applicability and validity. If you have taken the time to develop a well-thought-out set of organizational policies, then it behooves you to continually review them to see that they still fit your operation's needs.
So why bother with policy at all? You do this because your organization and its members will work more effectively if they are moving toward common goals using a common set of methods. This will avoid needless duplication of effort, disharmony and operational malfunctions where people work in opposing directions.
Some of the major policy impact areas are:
· Organizational effectiveness (getting job done)
· Operational efficiency (using resources wisely)
· Improved personnel safety
· Better training and discipline (Easier to pin things down)
· Define scope of employment for liability purposes
Writing policy can be a difficult, boring task. Even the best of our leaders know this. However if you want to succeed as a leader in your organization, you will apply yourself to writing a series of truly solid policies. The rewards can be manifold. Your people will appreciate your effort. More than that, your organization will become a strong, effective and efficient influence within your community.