Creating Personnel Policies
Personnel policies provide guidelines about what the organization expects from employees and what staff can expect from the organization. When creating these policies, there’s no need to start from scratch – ask to look at those of other local nonprofits or look at examples online. 

Some key components of personnel policies include:

  • Work hours
  • Paid holidays
  • Vacation, sick and personal time
  • Bereavement and maternity leave
  • Employment nondiscrimination
  • Hiring procedures
  • Employment termination policy


This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it provides a good place to start.  Ideally, you should have an attorney review a draft version of your personnel policies to ensure they comply with federal and state labor laws. If this isn’t possible, you can consult an HR guide (such as Human Resources for Dummies by Max Messmer) or the Regional Nonprofit Alliance has a wide range of sample policies that you can use as references.


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