Free Code of Conduct Policy Template
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Purpose of Document
A Code of Conduct Policy outlines the expectations and standards for behavior within an organization to ensure the well-being of its workers. The document sets clear expectations for the behavior of all individuals within the organization.
How to Use
This Code of Conduct Policy document should be printed, signed by your director and displayed somewhere prominent in the workplace. It should also be communicated to new workers as part of their induction or onboarding process. This document is a template only and it should be customised for your business ensuring that:
- Workplace specific risks are identified and managed, and
- Workers are consulted with during the customisation / review process.
When to Use
As stated above, this document should be displayed in your organisation at all times. You should also use it during employee inductions or you may wish to refresh your workers on the contents of the policy periodically as part of a safety meeting or similar forum.
Who Should Use
This document should be signed by the company director or other senior manager. It can be used by your Safety Advisor, Project Manager or other Manager to communicate the requirements to workers (including new workers).
There is no specific legal requirement to have or display a Code of Conduct Policy. However, it is best practice, especially for larger companies. It has legal considerations not only for health and safety but also for HR purposes, to outline behaviour standards that can be used in human resources management.
What is a code of conduct example?
As example may be: Employees are expected to treat colleagues, customers, and other stakeholders with respect and courtesy, fostering a positive and inclusive workplace environment.
What is an example of professional conduct?
Professional conduct may mean dressing, talking and acting in a suitable manner.
What is a breach of code of conduct?
A breach of code of conduct is where a worker’s behavior (through action or inaction) breaches company policy. For example, if the company code states that workers must not use curse words or bad language, swearing may be considered a breach of the code of conduct.
Article Sources and Further Reading
- Harmful Behaviours (Safe Work Australia) <https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/safety-topic/managing-health-and-safety/mental-health/psychosocial-hazards/harmful-behaviours>
- Code of Conduct (Work Health and Safety QLD) <https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/about/publication-scheme/our-policies/workcover-queensland-policies/code-of-conduct#:~:text=The%20Code%20sets%20out%20your,’intent’%20of%20the%20principle.>