Why an employee handbook is important and what it should include.

Why an employee handbook is important and what it should include.

On the long list of things to do for an employer, creating and updating an employee handbook can quickly fall to the bottom. However, the benefits of having an employee handbook in place make it well worth the effort. It serves as an easily accessible reference for your entire staff in the case of conflict and establishes a baseline from which to gauge growth. 


Before we dive into developing an employee handbook, we need to ask ourselves some important questions. What is the purpose of the handbook? What policies should be included? Are those policies reasonable and nondiscriminatory? Do the policies, information and expectations contained in the handbook accurately reflect the reality of workplace and workplace culture? Is the Handbook understandable/readable? A well-developed, concise handbook establishes a strong company culture and provides a firm foundation for the benefit of the business as a whole. 


So, what should be included in an employee handbook?

Brief background and overview of the organization, as well as what employees can expect from the company.

Timekeeping policies and general pay information.

Overview of benefits offered. Leaves of absence policies.

Workplace rules.


What should not be included in an employee handbook?

Detailed benefits information.

Detailed onboarding information.

Policies that apply to only a few employees.

Notices that are required to be separately distributed.

HR Procedures.

Detailed statements regarding supervisory or managerial obligations.

Infiniti Resource Management and our team of HR specialists are here to assist with creating your employee handbook.


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