We at Surety HR want to stress the importance of a well-written employee handbook. It helps both the employee and the employer. Some employers have conflicting views on whether or not to have a handbook. However, it's in the best interest of both parties to have a handbook.
1) First of all, it introduces employees to the organization's mission, vision, values, and culture which sets the foundation for how the employees fit in.
2) The second thing it does is that it communicates to the employees what is expected of them; the benchmarks, sets the tone for employees on safety, timekeeping, reporting, and so on.
3) The third thing is that it educates employees on what they can expect from management and leadership which helps eliminate confusion and inconsistencies.
4) A handbook also helps ensure that key company policies are clearly and consistently communicated as no policy is effective if it's not practiced.
5) It showcases the benefits of the organization. It makes sure the employees know about what's available such as paid vacations, 401k, health insurance plans, paid parental leave, or anything like that.
6) It also ensures compliance with federal and state laws. No matter how big or small your company is you're subject to state federal regulations. A handbook just heightens that awareness for employees.
7) It helps defend against employee claims. Handbooks are useful documents to have in place for employers to help you defend yourselves from any wrongful termination or claims.
8) The last thing is that a handbook lets employees know where to turn for help in a time of trouble or uncertainty. They know who to turn to and what to do. It's a great alternative as opposed to employees going to the EEOC or the Department of Labor directly on those issues.
If you are still unsure as to whether you need an employee handbook for your business or if you need help making sure your handbook is well written, contact us at Surety HR today.