How Do I Write a Policies and Procedures Manual?
First of all, why are you asking this question? We have already written one for you! Check out the Table of Contents here.
But, if you must know how to write a policies and procedures manual on your own, here are a few tips:
First, you will want to consider the topics you will cover in you Manual. These may include:
Organizational culture and structure
Funding, stocks, and other financial details
Mission, vision and values
Company purpose, sales and services
Employee expectations, training, code of conduct, discipline, benefits
Office protocol, safety, weather, and other policies
Specific laws and ethics of particular profession
Standards for technology use
Then, you will need to:
1) Organize your thoughts in a comprehensive fashion.
2) As you begin to write your manual, you will discover more and more topics that should be included.
3) Research the laws related to the topics and issues you will include in your manual, so that you don't unintentionally break the law by creating an illegal policy.
4) When possible, assign sections to different staff members who specialize in the various topics.
5) Spend countless hours researching, writing, editing, organizing, rewriting, and reorganizing until your finished product is finalized.
6) Waste your time and energy creating this on your own when you could be doing other important things.
7) Pay your team to work on this project instead of paying them to do other important things.
8) Or, just take a look at our comprehensive Manual's Table of Contents here.
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