To quote one company, it's the operating system that powers the company.
Keeping it high level, for instance if a company has a strong ethics policy, the policy can help instill the importance of integrity and ethical behaviours of employees in the workplace. Policies serve as a way for management to communicate behavioral expectations to employees.
But, let's bring this down a level or two for the sake of this post. Let's 'un-fancy' them all the way down to three or four important words that mean something to employees, and speak volumes.
What if a company were to introduce a 'three word' policy?
What if a company were to promote a few simple policies like:
Use Common Sense.
Or Use Good Judgment.
Or Work With Integrity.
Short and to the point. Short enough for most to understand what they mean, and easily actionable in day to day interactions.
Use the actual company policies as supporting material to your 'three word' policies where employees can get more information if they are unsure what using good judgement means in certain situations.