The role of policy

The role of policy in an organisation is to:

  1. Provide general guidance about the organisation's mission
  2. Provide specific guidance toward implementing strategies to achieve the organisation's mission
  3. Provide a mechanism to control the behaviour of the organisation

Examples of policy

Provide general guidance about the organisation's mission

  • A policy that limits the industries in which the organisation will operate
  • A policy about the geographical region in which the organisation will operate
  • A policy about the general nature of the business i.e. profit making, non-profit making, community recreation or elite sport
  • A policy about affiliations with other organisations i.e. affiliation with a national body or a peak industry body
Provide specific guidance toward implementing strategies to achieve the organisation's mission
  • A policy for athlete development
  • A policy for recruiting, training and utilising volunteers
  • A policy for employing staff
  • A policy for opening hours of a facility
  • A policy for promoting and staging events
  • A policy for doping control
Provide a mechanism to control the behaviour of the organisation
  • A policy for the inclusion of people with disabilities
  • A policy that sets up judiciaries or disciplinary hearings
  • A policy that regulates the election of office-bearers
  • A policy for dealing with complaints

If you are writing a policy consider a Policy Template. It might save you hours of work?

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