Work rules

Each employee should have a copy of the work rules, to help them understand what an employer expects of them. Some of these rules may already be covered in an employee’s Employment Agreement. But it’s useful to keep a list of work rules in the lunchroom or workshop, where employees can easily see it.

The example below illustrates some of the rules and guidelines that an employer might like to include in an employee’s work rules.

Example list of work rules

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 must properly perform the duties they’re paid for.
  • Hours of work: 8.30am – 5pm, Monday to Friday.
  • Attendance: Employees must let their supervisor know as far in advance as possible if they can’t come to work, or will be late for work.
  • Meal and tea breaks: Rest and meal breaks are negotiated between the employer and the employee. Employees are entitled to rest and meal breaks which give them a reasonable chance during work to rest, refresh, and take care of personal matters. These breaks should be appropriate for the length of time the employee has worked for the employer.
  • 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 areas marked with “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 – they must seek to protect the employer's property and business, and avoid doing any harm.