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What should your employee handbook contain? 

Mar 27, 2023 | Employment litigation

Your company has been expanding over the years and you now have dozens of staff members. You have met them all but you delegate the hiring process to your managers now. 

Nonetheless, you’d like to instill your company ethos and values into each and every employee. How do you do this without meeting them personally on a regular basis? 

Something you should consider is an employee handbook. This is a document that can contain key information related to your company as well as your own personal values and principles as a business owner. Here are some of the key features of these documents: 

Setting your expectations 

An employee handbook gives you the chance to set your expectations early. Workers can read this when they first begin. It will give them an idea of your history, company culture, ethics and ambitions. You could even show prospective employees the handbook before they start, so that they can make sure the company is the right fit and vice versa. 

Establish procedures

Many employment disputes occur due to a breakdown in communication. An employee may claim that they did not know how they were supposed to conduct themselves. If they have this in writing from the beginning, then this cannot be an excuse. At the very least, you know that you have gone out of your way to set clear guidelines. 

Adhering to labor laws is vital and an employee handbook can certainly help with this. Something else you may want to consider is having experienced legal guidance on your side.