Good reasons why your Company
should create its own Employee Handbook in 2017:
- Most employees want to know what the rules are, and will
follow the rules if told what they are, so an employee
handbook is a good place to explain your standard rules.
- Most employees are proud of their workplaces and want to
know more about the Company and its history, and a Handbook
is a good place to put this information.
- Handbooks don't cost much to produce, but can yield high
employee satisfaction by opening up lines of communication.
- An employee handbook helps to communicate important
company policies and procedures about issues such as
harassment, discrimination, payroll practices, and other
personnel issues. If your company is covered by FMLA, an
employee handbook is also a good place to include notices of
- An employee handbook notifies employees about
performance expectations, and provides good evidence that
the employee knew that certain conduct could result in
discipline or discharge.
- An employee handbook provides important information
about benefit programs which are available to employees, and
what steps are necessary to obtain those benefits. Federal
law also requires that employees be provided with Summary
Plan Descriptions (SPDs) for certain benefit plans, and
these are easy to include in your Handbook.
- An employee handbook saves management time, because it
answers common employee questions about how the Company
- An employee handbook informs employees about the limits
of supervisory authority, which may limit the liability of
the Company where a bad supervisor tries to engage in
conduct which could expose the Company to lawsuits.
- An employee handbook helps the Company to communicate
its core values to its workforce.
- An employee handbook helps to protect confidential
Company information, by clearly informing employees of their
duty to safeguard such information.
- An employee handbook allows the Company to explain the
reasoning behind the adoption of certain policies, which
helps employees to understand certain policies which
otherwise might create dissension or unhappiness (such as
- An employee handbook assists employees in avoiding
conflicts of interest which could be harmful to the Company,
by identifying the types of situations which can lead to
such conflicts of interest.
- An employee handbook can assist the Company in obtaining
valuable upward feedback from its employees about problems
in their work areas which might lead to reduced morale,
lowered productivity or increased turnover if not addressed
- In today's litigation-prone society, an employee
handbook can help to prove that you explained your rules to
your workers, and this can assist in all sorts of litigation
(including litigation with an unhappy customer, or an
injured visitor, or one of your own employees).
- If your company is a government contractor, an employee
handbook is a good place to include certain required notices
to your employees about your EEO Policies and your AAPs.