Agreed ways of working are the behaviours, approaches and methods that your employer expects you to follow within your day-to-day work.
These could be documented in the form of policies and procedures or memos or be explained to you verbally during induction or training.
It is important that you adhere to your employer’s agreed ways of working because:
- They will incorporate legislation and standards so you will not inadvertently break the law and will be working using best practices
- They will ensure that you are working in the safest possible to prevent harm or loss to yourself and others
- It is part of your contractual obligation with your employer
Failure to adhere to agreed ways of working could potentially cause harm to yourself or others and increase the risk of disciplinary or even legal action being taken against you.
If you believe that an agreed way of working could be improved or is unsafe, you should report your concerns to your manager.