When was the last time you updated your employee handbook?
If you’re using an old, outdated handbook, or even worse, one that you borrowed from another company, it’s time to toss it. So much of employment-related litigation is actually the result of flawed, obsolete, or non-existent written corporate policies and procedures. Companies of all types and sizes can effectively manage risk through the design and implementation of sound policies and procedures. Written policies covering common workplace issues such as attendance, disciplinary action, and complaints should be established and outlined clearly for all employees. Implementing clear, understandable policies and procedures will help your business to:
- Promote organizational effectiveness
- Establish fair and consistent employment practices
- Establish legal compliance with federal and state laws
- Create clear boundaries and company intent to all staff
- Communicate to employees what is expected
- Convey your corporate culture
Hit the ground running. An effective, well-designed employee handbook communicates policies, benefits and work standards to all employees in a single document. It provides an appropriate means to disseminate legally required policies, such as anti-harassment, family and medical leave, or drug testing policies. It also offers valuable guidance for supervisors regarding the implementation of company policies. A comprehensive employee handbook will lessen the potential of misunderstandings, keep your employees informed, and mitigate the risk of litigation.
Solutions that suit your style. Here at The HR Team, we can help you develop the internal procedures behind your handbook policies and prepare them for legal review. We can also audit your existing handbook or develop a new, customized handbook to ensure that your content is current, relevant, and reflective of your company culture. Whether you just need to add one policy or create an entire handbook, our supportive team of experts will help you to develop clear, appropriate policies that are tailored for your industry and designed for your people.
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