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Things to Keep in Mind When Crafting Your First Employee Handbook

Employee handbook with glasses and a mugThe handbook is a powerful reference material. If your company were a country, this would be the constitution. It covers internal rules and regulations. More importantly, it outlines the obligations and privileges of both employer and employee.

With this, it’s important that the employee handbook is well-written, simple, and yet accurate. Add to that the fact that it’s a way of communicating your care for employees. If you don’t know where to start, here are some of the most important things that your handbook should cover, as also seen in employee handbook table of contents samples:

On Orderliness

This section must detail how the company operates. This should also lay out the company’s expectations from the employees. You may include the flow of communication, rules on tardiness, lunch break policies, and dress code. When drafting this section (or the whole book), don’t be too constricting.

On Employee Benefits

Other than laying out the rules and your expectations, you must detail the privileges and benefits of your employees. State the schedule of payouts, as well. You can detail in this section the rules for getting commissions, time-offs, and shifting schedules. If you have a partner establishment (a gym, for instance), you can explain the mechanics for getting discounts.

One Company Security

It’s your obligation to keep your employees safe when they are within business premises. As such, detail in this section the things that an employee must do when faced with a catastrophe, such as earthquakes, hurricanes, and fires. Make sure to include an escape plan and a map.

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These are just some of the sections you must include in your employee handbook. Make sure that each clause is reviewed by an attorney. Cover all bases by referring to labor code and other relevant laws.

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