The short answer is, keep it simple! Nothing draws the audible release of the breath of dread more than pages and pages of text riddled with big long sentences. Let's face it, nobody gets excited about reading pages upon pages of hard to understand policies. Yet company policies tend to live in their own world of expectation and apprehension. They live somewhere on a company's intranet, nobody knows where. Everyone has seen them at least once, but couldn't recite any content. Yet they are very important for a company to have.
"Tone at the top refers to the ethical atmosphere that is created in the workplace by the organization's leadership." "Whatever tone management sets will have a trickle-down effect on employees of the company. If the tone set by managers upholds ethics and integrity, employees will be more inclined to uphold those same values."
The terms "Code of Ethics" and "Code of Conduct" are often mistakenly used interchangeably. They are, in fact, two unique documents. Codes of ethics, which govern decision-making, and codes of conduct, which govern actions, represent two common ways that companies self-regulate. They are often associated with large companies, and provide direction to employees and establish a public image of good behavior, both of which benefits businesses of any size.