Clarity and compliance

Some members of Congress, on both sides of the aisle, are proposing to change the Electoral Count Act of 1887.

They assert, rightly so, that the law is poorly written and behind the times. More importantly, they believe it played a key role in the insurrection of 2021 by poorly defining the role of the Vice-President.

Do you have a policy at work that is difficult to understand? Perhaps it was written by lawyers for lawyers, instead of being written in plain English for employees? Maybe you have an “email policy” that hasn’t been updated to account for mobile devices and social media, leaving new and young employees perplexed?

Such policies create uncertainty. At best, this uncertainty creates a drag on your operations (people avoid doing things they should do for fear of getting in trouble). At worst, they protect wrongdoers who can claim that they didn’t understand the policy (we’ve all seen this).

Like laws, corporate policies are intended to be followed. Let’s write them accordingly.

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