Here are seven reasons why you need an employee handbook – why it is essential to have something better than a loose-leaf binder of policy samples printed from the internet:
1. Have clearly stated and shared expectations, without any variances from one employee to the next. It is easy to fall into the trap of creating an environment of favoritism – and the potential for an employment discrimination claim against your business.
2. Solidify your values and management philosophy. The best way to express your professional management is to craft policies that reflect your fundamental impartiality, honesty, and your earnest desire to bring good into the world.
3. Standardize your policies and make them easy to enforce. It is best to have something in writing, announced earlier in the employment relationship, that you can point to when an employee comes to you with a request that you can’t or rather would not fulfill.
4. Save time during a new employee’s orientation by handing over the handbook. Save yourself the time and make sure that you share all of your policies with all of your employees.
5. Protect your company and your individual assets by having written policies in place. As an employment lawyer who cut her teeth on employee-side litigation, I cannot stress this point enough. Many policies are simply required by statute, and not having them in place gives room for a savvy plaintiff’s lawyer to argue that the lack of the required policy reflects your company’s general willingness to ignore or violate laws.
6. Firmly state “at-will” employment and protect it throughout the employment relationship. Protect yourself against losing the right to immediately terminate a low-performing employee by stating and reaffirming the precise boundaries of your at-will employment policies. Doing so also protects your company from a bevy of wrongful termination claims.
7. Protect your company’s assets including its and its clients’ confidential information. Well-crafted employee handbooks state policies that protect the company’s property, but all the information and data you painstakingly assembled of your customers, your proprietary production processes, and materials, your vendors, etc.
And A Bonus Reason…
Have you wondered if you were providing just the right amount of employee benefits and leave rights? Providing employees with certain benefits is a serious, and expensive, decision.
Remove all doubt and make sure you are providing the required minimum of policies for your company’s size, and only provide more once you have evaluated the costs and administrative needs of doing so.
Having a lawyer review your handbook to ensure you meet minimum compliance requirements and not more can save you money in the long run.
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