Your employee handbook is one of your organization’s most important human resources tools. The handbook is a compilation of the policies, procedures, working conditions and behavioral expectations. These all guide your employee’s actions in the workplace. Handbooks are typically given to a new employee upon hire. Usually, they include an introduction to the company and its owners, information about the mission, purposes, and values of the company. Notably, it also outlines all applicable state and federal laws that apply to the business. Additionally, it outlines all other policies and expectations of the company. Employees should be able to look to a handbook to understand all policies. Particularly, attendance expectations, employment status, promotion policies, drug and alcohol policies and much more. Equally important, handbook development and organization itself is key.
Handbooks are typically given to a new employee upon hire and they usually include an introduction to the company and its owners, information about the mission, purposes, and values of the company, an outline of all applicable state and federal laws that apply to the business and an outline of all other policies and expectations of the company.
Employees should be able to look to a handbook to understand attendance expectations, employment status, promotion policies, drug and alcohol policies and so much more.
The Importance of A Handbook
Handbooks are beneficial to both employees and business owners alike.
Employees utilize their handbooks to make sure they know exactly what expectations are like in the workplace. Similarly, they can prepare for what type of discipline to expect if they violate company policy or act inappropriately. However, employees can be sure that they will experience the same treatment as their peers. Many employees like to understand what their benefits look like at specific points during their employment tenure as well.
Equally, employers use handbooks to describe the working conditions and behaviors they expect. Simply put, the goal of a handbook is to create a fair and peaceful work environment. Therefore, following the guidelines in the handbook allows employers to treat all employees ethically and legally fair. Likewise, it helps to protect themselves from legal claims such as wrongful termination, discrimination, and harassment claims.
Your company handbook should outline your employment policies, company rules, and other key information for a successful working relationship.
At Beyond HR, we can update a pre-existing handbook or create a new handbook from scratch. Our goal is to fit it to your company’s vision and policies.
As with any legal document, it’s critical to make sure your handbook not only reflects the latest labor laws and social norms but is also well-received by your team. Because of that, we recommend that you review your handbook, at a minimum, every year.
Not only do we offer this handbook development service as a stand-alone but we also include handbook maintenance. This is part of our monthly human resources package. Not to mention, the monthly maintenance service involves our regular monitoring and updating. As a result, your handbook will meet all changing laws and policies.
All handbook development services include the following options (*as add on services):
- printing and binding
- in person (in certain locations) or virtual presentation of a handbook to staff
- question and answer session with employees to ease any anxiety or confusion associated with the implementation of new policies
- all applicable employee forms signed by all employees
- regular review and updates, as needed, to maintain accuracy and compliance
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