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Creating an Employee Handbook
Questionable T-shirts, work-from-home policies, and unlimited questions about unlimited vacation. An employee handbook is the operating manual you and your team need to solve any of these perplexing situations. It’s a handy little book that should feel as genuine to your team as the back of their hand.
Step one: Set the stage
Before getting into the subject matter, make your employees feel stoked to be a part of your journey. Talk about your history, mission, and values, and add any other color that will bring your story to life.
Step two: Lay out the basics
This is where your story takes shape. In this section, it’s important to talk about what your team can expect from you and what you can expect from your team.
Non-disclosure agreement (NDA)
By squeezing this into your handbook, you’re ensuring that your team won’t share any confidential information while they’re at your company.
Conflicts of interest statement
Spelling this out helps people understand what your expectations are, and can help them from getting sucked into situations that could hurt your company.
Step three: Add the stuff your team cares about
Once you make it through the majority of items above, pepper in anything else that matters.
Step four: Get sign-off
Once you have a draft of your handbook, run it up the HR flagpole and get it in front of a lawyer so you can be extra sure you’re not missing anything crucial. Then it’ll be time to get your employees’ signatures.
Step five: Keep it up to date
Employment laws frequently change, so you’ll need to stay on the ball to make sure your handbook is written to address new laws. That means having a lawyer or HR consultant review your handbook every six to 12 months.
Creating an Employee Handbook Seminar 1 - Introduction
Creating an Employee Handbook Seminar 2.1 - The Cultural Aspects of an Employee Handbook
Creating an Employee Handbook Seminar 3.2 - The Legal Aspects of an Employee Handbook
Creating an Employee Handbook Seminar 4.3 - Sharing the Handbook
Creating an Employee Handbook Seminar 5 - Conclusion