Today we are going to discuss one of the most important communication tools between a company and its employees, the employee handbook.
A well-written handbook sets forth your expectations for your employees, and describes what they can expect from your company in return.
While the policies outlined in your handbook will reflect your company's own unique culture, it is important to consider federal, state and local laws and regulations that may affect your business when drafting your employee handbook. You may want to create multiple handbooks if you have both exempt and non-exempt employees and/or unionized employees.
Your handbook should first serve as a welcome to employees. Set the tone for your work environment with a mission statement or a sincere note from your President or CEO…this will introduce your company and provide the employee with a sense of your corporate culture.
Your handbook should also include general employment information…such things as policies relating to job classifications, smoking, internet access, email, employee records, payroll practices, overtime, and union information, if applicable. You should also check your state laws in areas such as overtime to make sure you are in compliance.