Work rules

The example below illustrates some of the rules and guidelines that you might like to include in your work rules. A copy of the rules should be given to each employee and helps everyone understand the expectations that you have for the workplace. Some of these rules may already be covered in your employees’ Employment Agreements, however it is useful to keep a list of work rules in the lunchroom or workshop where employees can easily see it.

Work Rules: ABC Ltd

These are the rules and guidelines that we all need to follow to ensure that this workplace is safe and runs smoothly. This can only happen when everyone cooperates and commits to the work rules.

General Work Rules

  • General requirements: Employees are obligated to properly perform the duties for which they are paid.
  • Hours of Work: 8.30am – 5pm, Monday to Friday.
  • Attendance: Employees must notify their supervisor as far in advance as possible if they are unable to report for work, or will be late for work.
  • Meal and Tea Breaks: Employees are entitled to a 10 minute break at 10am, a 30 minute break at 12.30pm, and a 10 minute break at 3pm.
  • Dress standard: Business casual.
  • Smoking and Alcohol: Smoking and the consumption of alcohol or non-prescription drugs is not permitted on work premises.

Health and Safety

  • General requirements: Employees must take all practicable steps to perform the job in a way that is safe and healthy for themselves and their co-workers.
  • Dangerous areas: Only authorised staff may enter the areas with the “Danger: No admittance” signs.
  • Protective equipment: Employees must use the protective clothing and equipment provided.
  • Fire drills and evacuation procedures: Employees must follow the company’s emergency plans in the event of an emergency or a drill.

Performance Review

  • Frequency: Performance reviews will occur every 12 months between employees and their supervisor.

Use of Company Property

  • Company Vehicles: Staff may only use company vehicles for work purposes.
  • Email, Internet and phone policy: Use of email, phones and the internet is for work purposes only.
  • Maintenance of Property: Employees have a duty to exercise reasonable care when working, and they must seek to protect the employer's property and business and avoid doing any harm.