Experts say that small and mid-sized businesses can craft employee manuals that both protect them from litigation and put staff members at ease by spelling out in positive terms the company's policies.
It can serve as a playbook and spell out the rules of the game for employees about what is expected of them and what they can expect from the company.
This includes how pay decisions are arrived at, how they are rated on their performance, how the company treats things like sick leave and other benefits, how the company views work-life programs and how they will be treated in a dispute.
Employee handbooks also help prevent legal disputes between employers and employees. In order to ensure that all employees have received and reviewed the employee handbook, they may be required to sign an acknowledgment form.
The first rule for writing a winning playbook is that it must be written in a clear, understandable manner, and reflect the culture of the business. Certain policies need to be in the handbook by law. This means that you should take the time to learn about local and state requirements, as well as federal requirements.