Policies v. Procedures Comparison

The below information is provided in the hope it will guide us all when determining whether a particular set of information in a document is a policy or a procedure.

Basis for Comparison

Policies

Procedures

Nature

“The Why

“The How

Description

Broad, flexible statements communicating limits, culture, philosophies, and objectives which guide organizational decision-making to achieve strategic objectives

Narrowly described instructions for achieving specific cyclical tasks in fulfillment of policies

Updates

Infrequently updated through a formal process requiring approval of VP’s and Office of the President

Frequently updated & improved at discretion of division/unit management