Employee handbook: A step by step guide to creating an employee handbook

Trish Makiwa / Posted On: 21 December 2021 / Updated On: 31 March 2022 / Human Resources General / 1

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Employee handbook: A step by step guide to creating an employee handbook

Employee handbook

The company and the employee can benefit from an employee handbook as a communication tool. In a textual format, it provides direction and information about the organization's history, mission, values, policies, processes, and benefits. It's also seen as a way for employers to defend themselves against discrimination or unfair treatment charges. It's a quick reference guide to the company's rules and procedures, as well as an outline of management's expectations. On the other hand, a policy is a written declaration that expresses the employer's goals and objectives for various employee activities and employment-related issues.

 

Employers should require every employee to sign a written acknowledgement that they have received the handbook. As a way for the business to prove that the employee was made aware of the policies, the acknowledgement should be saved in the employee's personnel file. The handbook should not be considered an employment contract, as this could influence the employment-at-will status. It is critical to have legal counsel review the guidebook.

 

An employee handbook is a collection of regulations, procedures, working conditions, and behavioural standards that govern employee behaviour in a specific business.

 

Employee handbooks typically contain company information, a welcome letter from the president or CEO, the company's mission, vision, purpose, values, and broad strategic goals, the company's commitment to employees, and various non-compete, non-disclosure, and employee confidentiality agreements, if the company employs them.



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