Having a company policy is not enough. Enforcing it is the key element. It doesn't matter how large or small your organization is, if you have policies, you need to maintain and enforce them. Nothing sows the seeds of discontent throughout an organization like the failure to enforce a corporate policy.
Rules, policies and procedures are put in place for a reason. You and your organization took the time to create them so they must be important to you and your company - so consistently enforce them.
We can all learn something from Mickey Mouse's recent corporate policy enforcement.
A man known for sneaking backstage at Walt Disney World has been caught and is now banned from Disney for life. Known only as "Adam The Woo," he is known for posting videos online of himself sneaking into employees-only areas at the Magic Kingdom. He says he only wants to "satisfy a morbid curiosity" and is actually a big fan of the theme park.
Unfortunately for him, Disney has deemed this trespassing and met him at the park last week to ban him. According to Adam's latest YouTube video, "I never received any emails from Disney on what I was doing was wrong. So, I figured maybe I'll get a slap on the wrist, they'll talk about the videos, say 'don't do it anymore,' all that good stuff. None of that happened. They were waiting at the gate and they got me."
A Disney spokewoman says, "they take matters like this seriously and filed a trespass warning against Adam because he deliberately entered unauthorized areas several times before."
While Mickey tells us that he took no pleasure in enforcing the policy and banning Adam for life, he explained that policy enforcement is critical to an organization's success.