Assignment: Policy Memo
An important written work product in business communication is the policy memo, used to convey one policy decision, change, protocol, or other related information to all employees at one time. The central goal is to communicate the policy in a clear, concise, and unambiguous way that everyone can understand right away. A related goal is to have as few requests for clarification as possible because you accomplished your first goal: a clear policy memo. If your policy memo is unclear, it can reflect poorly on you as a business writer, impact your employer, including legal issues, and create problems with employees where none existed previously. Each and every word counts.
Imagine you are a manager and your instructions are to communicate to employees:
- A company stock sharing opportunity
- An increase in the 401K employer contribution
- A company campaign to support the United Way or the local food bank
- A decision on protocol outlining mileage reimbursement rate changes or travel policy procedures for authorization
- A company program for educational reimbursement
- A similar policy decision from your experience
- Review the required resources.
- Identify a policy decision.
By Day 7
Write a 1-page memo addressing the following:
- Create your own or consider the workplace scenarios provided.
- Use key concepts outlined in the Learning Resources.
- Use clear, direct, unambiguous language that does not require clarification questions.
Then, as part of your feedback, submit your memo to the Walden Academic Writing Center for a paper review.
Refer to the Week 2 Assignment Rubric for specific grading elements and criteria. Your Instructor will use this grading rubric to assess your work
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