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Guidelines for Writing an Enforceable Policy Statement

It is not easy to write an enforceable policy statement, because so many legalistic decisions go into it and because so many people must take a stand on its content. It's very difficult to get people to agree about such statements, regarding either their content or their tone. Generally, though, the following guidelines are helpful:

  1. State the policy as simply as possible. Too many qualifications will both obscure the content and water down the force of the policy statement.

  2. State only policies that can be enforced. It damages an organization's credibility to state a policy that it has no power or will to enforce.

  3. Maintain the identity of the policy statement by avoiding general descriptions and procedural detail.


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