When new employees start a new job, they typically need at least a day to familiarize themselves with the company and culture. They want to know what to expect in terms of leave and time off, and they should understand the workplace policies with which they must comply.
Employers can put all this information in one place: an employee handbook.
What should a handbook look like?
When you are drafting a handbook for your employees, consider the following tips to make it as helpful as possible.
- Consider the tone: An employee handbook may be an official employment resource, but it can also help employees gauge the culture of a business. If you are a family-run business, the tone of your handbook may necessarily be very different than one at a massive global corporation.
- Include expectations and policies: Employers have a lot to consider when creating a handbook. It can almost be overwhelming. However, focusing on legal policies and your expectations for your staff can be an excellent place to start. Additionally, articles like this one from Inc.com can provide guidance on what to put in your handbook.
- Make it helpful for employers and employees: Your handbook should be the place employees go for answers to their questions. However, it can also serve as a valuable tool for employers. Information like dispute resolution methods, legally mandated notices and benefits can protect employers and prove that they comply with state and federal regulations.
- Don’t make it too complex: Employee handbooks should not raise more questions than they answer. Thus, they should be clear and concise; anything too complicated can make it easier for employees to misunderstand or ignore the content.
- Consult others for guidance: Business owners may know everything about their company. However, when it comes to addressing employment laws, technology requirements and Human Resources issues, getting help from others familiar with these complicated matters can be crucial.
The value of a solid handbook
These tips can help you create a handbook that reflects your business’ culture and company policies. And providing a document with all the information your employees need upon starting a job can go a long way in preventing disputes and conflicts down the road.