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Countdown continued: our top 20 most popular business templates

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Kristine Daw is the Managing Director of Dawtek, a Melbourne-based company specialising in tenders and proposals, tender training, copywriting, editing and creating business templates. Kristine and her small team have a range of clients including small businesses, multi-national corporations, all levels of government and not-for-profits.

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Last month, we kickstarted a countdown list of our most popular business templates (read it here). With over 600 business documents to choose from, there’s plenty of variety and we’re always updating our range to move with the times.

This month, we’re continuing the countdown and explaining why these templates have made the top 20 list. Cue those drum rolls!

#15 – Social Media Policy

This document has become increasingly popular over the last few years and it’s pretty easy to see why. Some roles these days require employees to use social media for work purposes – it’s wise to outline what is and what is not acceptable use of social media during work hours and with company resources as soon as possible with your employees. You’d be surprised at how a quick look at Facebook here and a selfie on Instagram there can distract your employees over the course of a day and chew up a decent amount of time when they should be working. Every company’s needs and expectations are different – a Social Media Policy ensures your staff members are on the same page as you are.

#14 – Employee Code of Conduct Policy

This document should be handed to employees alongside their Employment Agreement as it outlines clearly and succinctly, exactly what is expected of them while employed by your company. It’s more vital than ever that you set out your expectations to employees in written form to give them the opportunity to read your Code of Conduct Policy, to ask any questions they may have and then agree to sign it and act accordingly. This is another one of those areas where it’s best to outline what is required from day 1.

#13 – IT Security Policy

With news about ‘unprecedented’ cyber attacks making headlines on a regular basis these days, there’s never been a better time to enforce an IT Security Policy. Often, small things that people do without even thinking can leave your business open to harm. This Policy outlines what behaviour is expected and ensures that your team is aware of what constitutes a breach in your IT Security Policy. And as I always say, if you issue a Policy that you make your team read and sign (giving them the opportunity to answer questions too), there are no excuses for not following what’s been outlined.

#12 – Tender Submission Letter

“What is in a tender submission letter?” This has got to be one of the questions that I’m asked most. This template means you can just go in and substitute out the relevant details, working with a proven structure. I always suggest tailoring your letter specifically to what the Buyer is looking for and what your company wants to highlight – our template letter prompts you to do this without too much effort on your part. Often, people overthink this letter. It really should be a brief summary of what is included in your overall submission, outlining the key characteristics and advantages of appointing your company to deliver the work in question.

#11 – Employee Performance Evaluation Form

You may think that this kind of form is intimidating for employees but we’ve had fantastic feedback about how this form actually boosts productivity and staff morale. There’s nothing worse than working without any feedback in terms of your performance. When you encourage staff and point out both their strengths and areas they can improve in, you’re giving them the kind of feedback they need to help you to maximise your bottom line. In terms of employees who are not performing or who pose a problem, giving them this form provides them with the opportunity to improve and informs them of the issues being experienced. Again, this is a case of leaving no space for surprises in terms of your team.

So which business templates do you think are in our top 10? Join us next month as we continue the countdown! In the meantime, take a look at our range of templates. Each is just a quick download away!

Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions by contacting me online or calling 1300 DAWTEK (1300 329 835).