Personnel Policies

What is a policy?

Policies provide the framework and background for decisions, so that supervisors and managers can explain to their employees (and to themselves) why a certain or decision is the right one under the circumstances.

A textbook defines a policy as:

“A guide to action and decision-making under a given set of circumstances that assures consistency and fairness within the framework of organizational objectives and management philosophy.”

The important word is “guide”; it does not tell what action to take or what decision to make, but it serves as a guide when you make these decisions for yourself.

Why do we need policies?

“To provide the tools and the guidance that allows managers to manage and employees to succeed.”

Policies provide us with a single, up-to-date, reliable source of guidance and information to which everyone can turn not only in situations where the “right” course of action is unclear, but also in cases where they are tempted to act on memory or instinct. With a policy manual to point the way or to back up what they feel is a justifiable action or decision, managers and supervisors will be able to act swiftly and decisively, fairly, legally, and consistently – and employees will know that they are being protected from personal bias and poor judgment.

Diversity in The Workplace

What do we mean when we speak of diversity? Human Resources offers one definition:

"Diversity refers to human qualities that are different from our own and those of groups to which we belong; but that are manifested in other individuals and groups. Dimensions of diversity include but are not limited to: age, ethnicity, gender, physical abilities/qualities, race, sexual orientation, educational background, geographic location, income, marital status, military experience, parental status, religious beliefs, work experience, and job classification."

Diversity as a concept focuses on a broader set of qualities than race and gender. In the context of the workplace, valuing diversity means creating a workplace that respects and includes differences, recognizing the unique contributions that individuals with many types of differences can make, and creating a work environment that maximizes the potential of all employees.

Diversity is also about having the long term goal that our work force should generally reflect the population of the county it serves in all its dimension.