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Sound personnel policies specify expectations that you have of your employees, and provide a good frame of reference for decisions about working conditions and benefits. They also help prevent employee misunderstandings--and can save a business from costs associated with employee complaints. The content of your personnel policies will depend on the size of your firm, your business tradition, and your management preferences. Every set of personnel policies should cover the following: Hiring policies, termination policies, general conduct, salary policies, payroll deductions, attendance, benefits, job descriptions, supervision, appraisal of performance, health, injuries and accidents, leave allowances, overtime, professional expenses, retirement, achievement, equal employment opportunity, human rights, grievances, and a non-contractual statement.